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Danger Close: Tactical Air Controllers in Afghanistan and Iraq (Texas a&M University Military History) (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 30. November 2007

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"America had a secret weapon," writes Steve Call of the period immediately following September 11, 2001, as planners contemplated the invasion of Afghanistan. This weapon consisted of small teams of Special Forces operatives trained in close air support (CAS) who, in cooperation with the loose federation of Afghan rebels opposed to the Taliban regime, soon began achieving impressive - and unexpected - military victories over Taliban forces and the al-Qaeda terrorists they had sponsored. The astounding success of CAS tactics coupled with ground operations in Afghanistan soon drew the attention of military decision makers and would eventually factor into the planning for another campaign: Operation Iraqi Freedom. But who, exactly, are these air power experts and what is the function of the TACPs (Tactical Air Control Parties) in which they operate? "Danger Close" provides a fascinating look at a dedicated, courageous, innovative, and often misunderstood and misused group of military professionals. Drawing on the gripping first-hand accounts of their battlefield experiences, Steve Call allows the TACPs to speak for themselves.

He accompanies their narratives with informed analysis of the development of CAS strategy, including potentially controversial aspects of the interservice rivalries between the air force and the army which have at times complicated and even obstructed the optimal employment of TACP assets. "Danger Close" makes clear, however, that the systematic coordination of air power and ground forces played an invaluable supporting role in the initial military victories in both Afghanistan and Iraq. This first-ever examination of the intense, life-and-death world of the close air support specialist will introduce readers to a crucial but little-known aspect of contemporary warfare and add a needed chapter in American military history studies.

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STEVE CALL is an assistant professor at Broome Community College in Binghamton, New York.


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HASH(0x964e0f54) von 5 Sternen Amazing! 28. Juni 2008
Von Anthony Knutson - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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As a member of our USAF and knowing several TACP Airmen, this book really put into light what exactly TACP's really are. So many people forget about how Air on Armour happens and its about time the ROMADS get the credit they rightfully deserve.
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As a Crew Chief KC-135's in the AF, I have experianced the "rear" side of war operations. Reading how all of it was tied into a lot of these operations is just amazing! This book, in my opinion, is well written and should be read by anyone interested in the TACP community. If you were thinking about becoming one(as I have) then this book will make you want to do a PAST and give it a try ASAP. Awesome job Sir, well done!
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HASH(0x964e52a0) von 5 Sternen Great Book 30. Oktober 2007
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This is really a great book, hard to put down at times. You can see the battles through the eyes of the people that were there. You also get their perspective as well as the importance of the techniques that they are using, and in some cases developing for the first time. This is a must have for anyone interested in knowing the real story behind the overwhelming success in the initial days of Afghanistan and Iraq.
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HASH(0x964e57c8) von 5 Sternen Quiet Professionals 21. Dezember 2007
Von Robert T. Petersen II - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This was an exellent look into an Air Force most Airmen do not even know about. The book was well written and provides a look at how all of those bombs fall on time on target.

The TACP's are smart, dedicated, Airmen that find ways to get air cover over our ground forces and save counless lives. More books like Danger Close need to be written about our forces that show the heroes that our men really are.
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HASH(0x964e5084) von 5 Sternen A civilian/historian viewpoint 27. Dezember 2011
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Mr. Call collected excellent primary source/primary actor interviews for this look at the role of Tactical Air Controllers. Coordinating between ground troops and close air support has been a thorny issue since the airplane was added to the military inventory. This book explains recent innovations at the battalion and under level, highlighting the professionalism of enlisted personnel as significant force multipliers. While members of the Air Force, they live "in the mud" with the troops on the ground, integrated with Army special forces or armored units.

Call makes the common-sense argument that neither air power nor "boots on the ground" win wars, but rather a seamless integration of the two. He uses the experiences of the TACPs on the ground during the initial wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to buttress his argument. Short discussions at the beginning and end of the book sum up his points nicely.

I only have a few complaints about this book. While it wasn't a problem for me, the military acronyms come fast and heavy. Readers with less experience reading military documents might struggle at times to understand what is being discussed. The glossary at the end of the book is a big help and should be marked by Kindle users. Secondly, I would have liked to see a further examination of airpower uses in the aftermath of the initial invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan. As the Afghan war in particular has entered its tenth year, I would like to hear if the tactics outlined here have changed. Finally, while it was no problem for me, I could understand if some would call this book "war porn" for all the descriptions of large-scale slaughter of opposing forces. My response would be "it's war, that's what happens, and it's hell. Deal."

Overall, this is a good close examination of recent developments in close air support integration. Worth a read by anyone associated with the military or modern military history.
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