How to Defeat the Islamic State

Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter’s recent remarks on the efficacy of Iraq’s army reflect the fact that, despite years of training by thousands of U.S. and coalition forces, the army has not been able to halt Islamic State aggression. What makes anyone think that a few more months of similar training will yield success?

F-22A Raptor Demonstration Team Prepares for Launch (USAF Photo, SrA Christopher L. Ingersoll)


Too often our air forces are over-identified with “things”—airplanes, mission sets, or various technologies.  This misses the key reason why our nations have independent air forces.  It is not about tools—it is about the unique way in which independent air force Airmen provide our respective nation’s leaders with effective, efficient policy options that are only…