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(4) By 2005 the Air Force had acknowledged that the Army would not have sufficient forces in some instances to perform exterior air base defense missions effectively.
The Air Force's official history of air base defense in Vietnam illustrates how the competing priorities of ground commanders made the commitment of Air Force ground combat power to protecting air bases an operational imperative: "Reliance on other services for the defense of air bases was a problem for the [Royal Air Force] on Crete, the Luftwaffe in North Africa, and the [United States Air Force] in Vietnam.
Briar, "Sharpening the Eagle's Talons: Assessing Air Base Defense," Air and Space Power Journal 18, no.
Young, "Applying Counterinsurgency Theory to Air Base Defense: A New Doctrinal Framework" (thesis, Naval Postgraduate School, September 2005), 29, http://www.dtic.mil/cgi-bin/GetTRDoc ?Location = U2&doc = GetTRDoc.pdf&AD = ADA439510.
Fox, Air Base Defense in the Republic of Vietnam, 1961-1973 (Washington, DC: Office of Air Force History, 1979), 171.
AFDD 2-4 further notes that security forces provide "forces for air base defense, security, and law enforcement services [and] protection to weapons systems, personnel, and infrastructure." (15) Also regarding the role of security forces in force protection, Air Force Policy Directive (AFPD) 31-3, Air Base Defense, states that "an effective defensive posture must be established to allow generation, launch and sustainment of aerospace operations.
AFPD 31-3 provides the foundation: The Air Force will provide in-place and deployable air base defense forces who are organized, trained, and equipped to undertake force protection missions in accordance with the Air Force [Wartime Mobilization Plan].
In its discussion of survivability, AFDD 2-4 states that "at a minimum, successful air base defense requires basic weapons and tactics training for all deployed Air Force personnel." (32) It seems that the Air Force is placing its future not in a large, dedicated organization of security forces but in each and every Airman assigned to the expeditionary wing.
Dickey, "Air Base Defense for the Air Expeditionary Force: More Than Defending the Redline" (thesis, School of Advanced Airpower Studies, Maxwell AFB, AL, 1998), 1.