Simply put, the effectiveness of NATO forces in Afghanistan is limited by the commander’s freedom of action, Dell Dailey, the State Department’s coordinator for counterterrorism, said yesterday. “It has got nothing to do with capabilities,” Dailey, a retired Army lieutenant general with special operations experience, told the Defense Writers Group on Jan. 22. “It has got everything to do with the national caveats.” NATO’s International Security Assistance Force, commanded by US Army Gen. Dan McNeill, is supporting Afghan President Hamid Karzai in waging a counterinsurgency there against Taliban elements and al Qaeda extremists. NATO’s forces “are darn good,” Dailey said. “They have got some good special operations forces. They have got some fantastic air. They have got darn good helicopters and good helicopter support.” However, he added, “You go to Dan McNeill and Dan McNeill will say, ‘I need more freedom to use the forces outside of the existing national constraints.’ ” US Defense Secretary Robert Gates last week ruffled the feathers of Canadian and European allies when he said NATO forces are not adequately trained for counterinsurgency operations. After a storm of criticism, Gates clarified his comments, saying he was referring to the alliance as a whole and not to individual members of ISAF, some of which have considerable expertise in this area.
Feb. 28, 2021
In commemoration of the 30th Anniversary of Operation Desert Storm, Air Force Magazine is posting daily recollections from the six-week war, which expelled Iraq from occupied Kuwait.
Feb. 26, 2021
Acting Secretary of the Air Force Roth, NORAD’s Gen. VanHerck, U.S. Space Command’s Gen. Dickinson, Spark Tank, and more from Day 3 of the Air Force Association’s virtual Aerospace Warfare Symposium.
Feb. 26, 2021
A crew chief and production superintendent from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., took home the 3D-printed trophy in the Department of the Air Force’s Spark Tank innovation contest for a simple idea he predicts could “solve a lot of issues across the aircraft community.” Master Sgt. Justin Bauer pitched his…
The first flight of the AGM-183A hypersonic missile will happen within a week, experts reported Feb. 26 at AFA's virtual Aerospace Warfare Symposium. The Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon will fly soon after a failed attempt, which was apparently due to technical and procedural glitches not related to the missile's design.
Air Combat Command is trying to move forward with an experiment it hopes will pave the way for a larger overhaul of fighter pilot training, despite pandemic-era complications. The command is working through the contracting process for the resources it needs to test the “Reforge” idea, ACC boss Gen. Mark…
Feb. 26, 2021
Nearly 140 Air National Guard personnel from Texas and Kentucky have responded to parts of Texas that were devastated by Winter Storm Uri, ANG Director Lt. Gen. Michael A. Loh told reporters Feb. 26. The polar vortex ravaged Texas’ power grid and deprived many citizens of running water.
The head of Air Combat Command isn't sure the cost of operating the F-35 will hit the desired $25,000 per hour by 2025, and he's headed out to meetings to see what can be done to make it happen. He's also concerned that China will beat the U.S. to 6th-generation…
The Pentagon’s new Independent Review Commission on Sexual Assault in the Military has 90 days to find ways to combat the problem within the ranks, and the group will consider all options to address an issue that has “shattered the dreams” of many service members who joined with optimism about…
Feb. 26, 2021
Air Education and Training Command has incorporated a focus on human performance optimization—which includes personal resilience, health, fitness, diet, and mental performance—into its Undergraduate Pilot Training 2.5 program, 19th Air Force Commander Maj. Gen. Craig D. Wills said at the Air Force Association’s virtual Aerospace Warfare Symposium.