Next, the CAPTF takes to heart the lesson that "aerial campaigns that target insurgents and terrorists located in or very near population centers are generally counterproductive.
The CAPTF is assisting with the challenges of instituting close-coordination procedures that will work on the Afghan battlefield and that will eventually include fixed-wing attack platforms.
In building up capability to employ these airframes, the CAPTF and the ANAAC are pursuing ends that will prove sustainable after outside advisors depart.
The CAPTF, in addition to its mentoring efforts, strives to break down barriers so that coalition involvement with Afghan security forces can expand even further.
Finally, it is evident in the CAPTF that airpower "provides the flexibility and initiative" that insurgents normally enjoy in the COIN battle.
By training, assisting, and mentoring the ANAAC, the CAPTF seeks to create sustainable capacity in four areas, but our goals transcend these easily quantified lines of operation.
To continue building on the success enabled by airpower, we must recognize the importance of one particular event occurring right now in the CAPTF and the ANAAC with respect to the aircraft build--the delivery of refurbished C-27 aircraft (fig.
This is the most difficult and rewarding effort in which the CAPTF engages, and it will have the most enduring impact.
The largest group lives and works in Kabul, but the CAPTF oversees a group at Kandahar Air Field and detachments in all regions of Afghanistan.
The CAPTF is consolidating its headquarters at the Kabul Afghanistan International Airport, improving synergy with the ANAAC and the newly established International Security Assistance Force Joint Command, also at the airport.
Because flight operations have never stopped in Afghanistan, the expression "building the airplane while flying it" is an apt description of the CAPTF and the ANAAC's team effort.