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Accession Number ADA573818
Title Making a Difference with Aviation Foreign Internal Defense.
Publication Date Dec 2012
Media Count 75p
Personal Author E. M. Carrano
Abstract This thesis analyzes how U.S. Aviation Foreign Internal Defense (AvFID) proved itself to be a critical component in the successful campaign against the Hukbalahap (i.e., Huks) in the Philippines and against the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN) in El Salvador. In addition, the thesis explores how AvFID was employed in Vietnam and why AvFID was not successful there. The overall argument is that airpower was not a decisive factor in the two successful counterinsurgency campaigns examined, however, it certainly played a critical role in quelling both insurgencies. Without U.S. AvFID the air forces in the Philippines and El Salvador would not have been able to employ airpower as effectively as they did. In contrast, Vietnam offers a case study in which AvFID failed. This thesis explores why AvFID failed in Vietnam. Ultimately, the reader should walk away with ideas about how to implement AvFID more effectively. If that is done right, it can help ensure that AvFID makes a significant difference in future counterinsurgency campaigns.
Keywords Air force
Air force special operations command
Air power
Asymmetric warfare
Aviation advisors
Aviation foreign internal defense
Case studies
El salvador
El salvadoran armed forces
Farabundo marti national liberation front
Farm gate airmen
Hukbalahap rebellion
Irregular warfare
Lansdale edward
Lessons learned
Magsaysay ramon
Military advisors
Military forces(Foreign)
Military history
Ngo dinh diem
Philippine air force
Philippine army air corps
South vietnamese air force
Special operations forces
Vietnam war

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 92D - Education, Law, & Humanities
74 - Military Sciences
74G - Military Operations, Strategy, & Tactics
Corporate Author Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA. Defense Analysis Dept.
Document Type Thesis
Title Note Master's thesis.
NTIS Issue Number 1318
Contract Number N/A

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