Friday, January 22, 2016
Hat tip to Svenn at ‘Defense & Freedom’ for linking to a great article over at WOTR. The article itself is primarily about going back to the proven method of interdiction instead of the theories of Douhet. However the primary message I get from it regards the impotent strategy of trying to decapitate the enemy.
Cutting off the head of a snake may be an instinctive reaction, and it works because the head is where the venom and fangs are. But it does not work against an entire nest of vipers. And it does not work against a hydra despite the old Greek legend of Hercules and his nephew Iolaus. Plus, they (Herc and Iolaus) had advice and inspiration from the goddess Athena. Decapitation certainly does not work against networks and probably would not work against most organizations.
We should of course target any enemy HQ or CP that are obvious. But it seems reckless to me to devote resources specifically to hunting down and killing enemy leadership that regenerates itself so cheaply and easily.
As far as interdiction, sure, the coalition against Daesh should use it tactically. But for strategic interdiction against them, doesn't that belong more in the realm of diplomacy, intelligence, Interpol, and the criminal courts?
Glad to see it was an Air Force Officer who penned that article. Perhaps he will be listened to and Air Combat Command will do some rethinking? Or perhaps not. This country needs some advice and inspiration.