Accession Number : ADA331280

Title :   Toward a Theory of Insurgent Airpower,

Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES

Personal Author(s) : Graffis, Judy M.

PDF Url : ADA331280

Report Date : 22 MAY 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 56

Abstract : This monograph studies the use of aircraft in insurgency. It compares airpower and insurgency theories, looks at the historical use of aircraft in insurgency, and considers four recent examples of insurgents or separatists attempting to apply airpower in their struggles. The four examples are the Nicaraguan contras, Sri Lankan Tamil Tigers, Chechen separatists, and Afghan Taliban. The monograph shows that insurgency theory and airpower theory are compatible. The four case studies indicate that successful use of airpower by insurgents depends heavily on a strategic perspective, especially a view toward long-term results. Similarly, the insurgents must have a good understanding of both insurgency theory and airpower theory. Also essential are a viable sanctuary and available, supportable aircraft. The aircraft used do not need great technical sophistication, but must be used in a manner appropriate to their capabilities. In general, aerial resupply and other support functions are more valuable than offensive capability. The aircraft that are available and supportable are probably usable. Insurgents of today and the future will be able to employ airpower in ways which support their goals.

Descriptors :   *AIR POWER, *INSURGENCY, LOGISTICS SUPPORT, AIRCRAFT, HISTORY, NICARAGUA, AFGHANISTAN, SRI LANKA.

Subject Categories : Unconventional Warfare

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE