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Air Force Special Operations Forces Are Getting Ready for “Major Power War” | National Interest
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Air Force Special Operations Forces Are Getting Ready for “Major Power War” | National Interest

The Air Force Special Operations AC-130 gunship, for instance, often circled Kandahar in Afghanistan, to fire its 20mm side-firing cannons to attack Taliban fighters. While there are of course major differences when between attacking insurgents and engaging in major air combat with a near-peer enemy, some of the tactics, approaches and technologies do seem to cross over and offer value to both kinds of conflict.

Attacking enemy fighters in close-air-support aircraft, using ground-based laser designators to “paint” targets for aircraft and training friendly forces for the rigors of high-casualty close-in combat — are all US Air Force Special Operations Force skills tested and refined during the last decade and a half of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Source: Air Force Special Operations Forces Are Getting Ready for “Major Power War” | National Interest