AFSOC Needs More

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Air Force Special Operations Command needs to expand its foreign aviation training force, finds a new report on Special Operations Forces compiled by the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessment. Other recommendations include expanding the command’s fixed wing fleet, fielding a stealthy transport, creating additional unmanned aerial vehicle squadrons, and adding more special tactics squadrons, reports the Air Force Association. Expanding AFSOC’s 6th Special Operations Squadron, the unit charged with providing combat aviation training for foreign militaries, has been a pressing concern for USSOCOM for several years as Pentagon policy has focused more on irregular warfare and building partnership capacity, writes the AFA. The last Quadrennial Defense Review called for AFSOC to double the size of the 6th SOS from about 110 to 230 special advisors. However, CSBA concludes that the “anticipated demand for combat aviation advisors far exceeds the projected capacity.

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