Air University Press releases books, Fairchild Paper

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Air University Press released No Moment of Victory: The NATO Training Mission in Afghanistan, 2009–2011; Good Outfit: The 803rd Engineer Battalion and the Defense of the Philippines, 1941–1942; and Fairchild Paper Medical Support in a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Contested Environment

In No Moment of Victory, authors Martin Loicano and Craig C. Felker examine NATO coalition efforts to build Afghan Army and police forces with the objective of transitioning the war to Afghan control. As NATO Training Mission–Afghanistan historians, Loicano and Felker documented how NTM-A grew from a handful of senior officers and enlisted personnel to over 6,000 coalition members training Afghans across the country. Yet there was also a deep historical underpinning to the command’s programs and processes. This book examines the influence of Cold War modernization theory on NTM-A from 2009 to 2011 and offers a cautionary account of the limits of Western military practices and culture in security force assistance.

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In Good Outfit, author Paul W. Ropp, highlights the few successes and many difficulties in establishing and maintaining expeditionary airfields in a contested environment with limited resources.

It provides a cautionary tale for those planning future air concepts, capabilities, infrastructure and operations. The failures of leadership at all levels led to ineffective infrastructure development that resulted in the destruction of the heavy bomber fleet and the attrition of troops due to disease and death from a lack of supplies and support.

The 803rd deployed to the Philippines in WWII as a stopgap effort to deter Japan’s expansion in the Pacific. Tasked with building airfields near the front lines for advancing armies, the 803rd expanded and developed fixed air bases in the Philippines only to witness the Far East Air Force’s destruction on Dec. 8, 1941.

The 803rd moved on to new responsibilities maintaining a primitive infrastructure essential for logistics support and communications and later fought as infantrymen, enduring barbaric treatment on the Bataan Death March, on death ships and in prisoner of war camps. The battalion demonstrates the flexibility, courage, and fortitude of an earlier generation of Airmen.

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The Fairchild Paper on Medical Support in a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Contested Environment, written by a team of Air Force medical professionals, discusses aspects of joint training for conducting medical operations in chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear contested environments.

A lack of joint service training, the authors contend, threatens the ability of the U.S. military to succeed in these challenging environments. The authors further observe that unless the Military Health System enacts these changes now and focuses on integrated training, the capabilities of the military medical system will be ineffective in future conflicts.

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