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    Planning and employing U.S. joint air and space operations during irregular warfare

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    I need help understanding how the people, processes, and products of the Joint Air Operations Center address, or fail to address, the unique challenges of planning and employing joint air and space operations in the context of irregular warfare. I need to understand what needs to be modified to meet those challenges.

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    Thank you for using BrainMass! You raise a very important question, one that will determine the future of U.S. and NATO strategic capabilities in defeating existential threats imposed by terrorists, international crime syndicates and nation-states that use asymmetrical warfare tactics against conventional powers. This response will discuss the implications that irregular warfare (IW) has on conventional powers, what the U.S. military, specifically the Joint Air Operations Center (JAOC), can do to be prepared to handle these threats, and the role of the JAOC and its plans to implement effective strategies to counter IW.

    We must first start by understanding what irregular warfare is. As Air Force General Curtis E. Lemay stated, "In this type of war, you cannot and must not measure the effectiveness of the effort by the number of bridges, destroyed, buildings damaged, vehicles burned or any other standards that have been used in conventional warfare. The task is to destroy the effectiveness of the insurgents' efforts and his ability to use the population for his own ends." There are a plethora of adversaries, emanating from terrorists to criminal networks, who use asymmetrical and irregular forms of warfare as a way to challenge US and ...

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    The expert examines planning and employing United States joint air and space operations during irregular warfare.