Flight Risk, The Coalition’s Air Advisory Mission, In Afghanistan, 2005-2015

The successful invasion of Afghanistan was always the easy part, the tricky stage would be in an exit strategy that did not leave a worse mess behind. The Afghan Air Force was one element of the Afghan armed forces that had to be rebuilt to leave a largely friendly government behind with the means to suppress any new insurrections. – Highly Recommended

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NAME: Flight Risk, The Coalition's Air Advisory Mission, In Afghanistan, 2005-
2015
FILE: R2765
AUTHOR: Forrest L Marion
PUBLISHER: US Naval Institute Press
BINDING: hard back 
PAGES: 356
PRICE: US$39.95
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: Middle East, counter-terrorism, War On Terror, Afghan exit strategies, 
USAF, advisors, instructors, Afghan Air Force, COIN

ISBN: 978-1-68247-336-8

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DESCRIPTION:  The successful invasion of Afghanistan was always the easy 
part, the tricky stage would be in an exit strategy that did not leave a worse 
mess behind.  The Afghan Air Force was one element of the Afghan armed 
forces that had to be rebuilt to leave a largely friendly government behind with 
the means to suppress any new insurrections. -  Highly Recommended

The Afghan Air Force may have formed in 1922, but its birth was not without problems and its 
continued existence was always threatened by the turbulent politics of the country. After WWI, the 
British tried policing by air across the Middle East. This was a moderately successful process because, 
in the main, what were still modern aircraft with machine guns and bombs were 'policing' villages of 
men armed with muzzle loading rifles with the occasional cartridge rifle. It solved the problem of 
sending troops into difficult terrain where any rebel had multiple opportunities for ambush. Near one
 hundred years later, not a lot has changed.

The author has produced a thoroughly researched book on a subject that has received virtually no 
coverage before. It is bound to become one of the key source books on counter insurgency and the 
moves to equip the Afghan Government to stand on its own feet. This is a book for academics and 
military professionals, serious military history enthusiasts and those interested in the politics of the 
region. However, it is well illustrated and easy to read so that there is absolutely no reason why it 
should not prove interesting and useful to a much wider readership.

The challenge with Afghanistan is that it has a complex tribal structure, a society that is mostly living 
in a world long gone, where a turbulent political area sees constantly shifting alliances. The Coalition 
Forces could all be withdrawn tomorrow and the Afghans could government themselves for a time, 
but new internal rifts would rapidly provide the pressures to go back to the types of government that 
have existed and shifted for the last hundred years. This presents a major problem for the US in 
particular because although politicians in the US need to start removing forces from Afghanistan there 
is still not the stability to justify that. As a result the danger is that there will continue to be draw-downs 
of forces, reinforcements, escalations and further rounds of the same roller coaster.

Whether enough has yet been done to help Afghans find their own form of stable Government remains 
to be seen. What eventually evolves may well not be a form of government that the Coalition would hope
 for, but then you either invade and occupy a sovereign nation, dictating how it functions, or you leave 
and let the locals find their own way, whatever that might be. In either case, it is important to attempt to 
recreate an indigenous military force to support the Government. That means the former invader 
providing training and equipment. The challenge there is in finding some way to reduce the number of
hostile infiltrators because it will be impossible to ensure that no infiltrator is successful. At the same 
time, there is a challenge in providing training and equipment that will not pose a future major threat to 
the supplier.

The author has provided a detailed account of the challenges and the achievements. He has also provided 
detail references, appendices, notes, bibliography and index. Together with the illustration this makes 
into a comprehensive information resource.