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Doctrine Developed for Air Force Special Operations

Doctrine Developed for Air Force Special Operations

By Major Patti Frisbie, Air Force Doctrine Center.

Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama -- June 5, 2001 (AFPN) -- The first operational-level doctrine of its kind has been developed for Air Force special operations. The formal doctrine serves to make all airmen aware of the unique aerospace capabilities Air Force special operations forces bring to the fight, according to Air Force Doctrine Center representatives here.

Air Force Doctrine Document 2-7, Special Operations, took more than three years to develop and sets the policies for preparing and employing Air Force special operations forces. It covers the airman's perspective of special operations forces, Air Force Special Operations Command's contribution to aerospace power as well as command and control, organization and employment of special operations forces.

"This doctrine describes not only how we employ AFSOF to meet today's threats and challenges, but also guides our efforts as we prepare to meet those of tomorrow. " said Maj. Gen. Lance Smith, AFDC commander.

While AFSOC specialists worked hand in hand with the doctrine center staff to write this doctrine, they also had numerous discussions and debates within AFSOC as well as with the other warfighting commands and the Air Staff, according to Maj. Bob Monroe, AFSOC's doctrine focal point.

"What's important to point out is that this document was written by Air Force warfighters for Air Force warfighters, not in some 'think tank' as many people might assume," said Maj. Kevin Masterson, an MC-130P Combat Shadow navigator assigned to the doctrine center and a SOF subject matter expert.

Time and again the capabilities of Air Force special operations have been needed to advance the nation's interests, and special operations forces have risen to the task, said Air Force Special Operations Commander Lt. Gen. Maxwell C. Bailey. This specialized force will remain capable only if the Air Force looks to the future and critically and honestly evaluates what missions it needs AFSOF prepared to execute.

"As the world changes, as the threat changes, and as we learn fresh lessons, our doctrine must keep pace," he said.

As the final step in the development process, the doctrine will be briefed to the Air Force chief of staff for his approval.

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Directeur de la publication : Joël-François Dumont
Comité de rédaction : Jacques de Lestapis, Hugues Dumont, François de Vries (Bruxelles), Hans-Ulrich Helfer (Suisse), Michael Hellerforth (Allemagne).
Comité militaire : VAE Guy Labouérie (†), GAA François Mermet (2S), CF Patrice Théry (Asie).