The Army, meanwhile, has kicked off a new training program aimed at convoy operators. Using digital simulations and other training devices, the Army hopes to better prepare truck drivers and crews to deal with the hostile environment in Iraq. That story starts on page 32.
Since the onset of U.S. military operations in Afghanistan and later Iraq, the Defense Department has touted the close cooperation between Special Operations Forces and conventional units as a linchpin in the Pentagon's strategy to wage war against unconventional enemies.
The reality on the ground, however, is that the integration of SOF and conventional forces is not always a smooth process, sometimes leading to confusion as to who does what, and who reports to whom. A more structured planning and training process needs to be in place to address the current gaps, according to an award-winning essay by Army Maj. William J. Carty, a student at the Naval Postgraduate School. Excerpts from his piece appear on page 18.
Our cover story this month sheds light on a nascent Air Force program designed to rapidly increase the availability of qualified cargo-aircraft crews that can operate at night. Learning how to fly with night-vision goggles gradually has become a prerequisite for airlift units participating in the U.S. war on terrorism. A skyrocketing demand for airlift services, particularly in support of U.S. troops deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq, prompted the Air Force to expand its night-flying training program, which previously was restricted only to special-warfare units. To read our exclusive report on this program, turn to page 36.
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