Defending Air Bases in an Age of Insurgency   [open pdf - 4MB]

From the introduction: "On old maps of the world, cartographers inscribed uncharted regions with the moniker 'Here Be Monsters.' They sometimes added drawings of sea serpents, dragons, and other frightening creatures. Humans are threatened by the unknown and uncharted. So it goes with base defense. In a COIN [counter-insurgency] environment, if commanders wall their forces up in a fortress with little or no interaction with the local populace, the lack of interaction can potentially lead to miscommunication and violence, with a profoundly negative impact on the flying mission. The monsters will materialize in the absence of action in the battlespace. Striving to eliminate the unknown is what military leaders must do in order to better defend air bases and erase the scribbled map drawings of beasts outside the wire. […] This anthology discusses the converging operational issues of air base defense and COIN. It explores the diverse challenges associated with defending air assets and joint personnel in a COIN environment."

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Caudill, Shannon (Ed.). Defending Air Bases in an Age of Insurgency.Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama: Air University Press, May 2014
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