AFSOFAir Force special operations forces (US DoD)
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By 1990, the number of AFSOF aircraft had more than tripled, and the number of Airmen grew by over 2,000, thanks to the focused efforts of the first SOCOM Commander, General Jim Lindsay, as well as the visionary leadership of Major General Tom Eggers, who served as the first commander of Air Force Special Operations Command.
AFDD 2-7 supersedes its previous version (dated 17 July 2001) and updates key AFSOF doctrine concepts and terms.
AFDD 2-7 includes short, interesting, and well-written vignettes portraying the birth of AFSOF and its evolution through the present day.
For example, the document amply describes Air Force special operations command's responsibility, as the air component of USSOCOM, to organize, train, and equip AFSOF to provide the necessary air capabilities to conduct USSOCOM's nine core tasks:
Emerging as a serious threat to AFSOF aircraft, the technology in radar-guided missiles is rapidly improving.
Similarly, AFSOC must adjust its campaign strategy to the GWOT by transforming AFSOF resources and newly acquired combat search and rescue forces into a capabilities-based force.