AFRI Quick Looks
This article highlights the Air Force's evolution of command and control (C2) during recent combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. The article examines common issues regarding the C2 enterprise as well as some unique challenges of the Asia-Pacific theater. It then addresses PACAF's approach in managing its C2 efforts through six critical capabilities: battlespace awareness, resilient architecture, defensive cyberspace operations, combat su...
Khobar Towers: Tragedy and Response by Perry D. Jamieson. Air Force History and Museums Program, 2008, 276 pp., $29.00.
At 2153 on 25 June 1996, outside the northern perimeter of the Khobar Towers Housing Complex for US personnel assigned to King Abdul Aziz Royal Saudi Air Base near Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, a Mercedes‑Benz tanker truck filled with 5,000 pounds of advanced plastic explosive detonated. The blast—with the equivalent force of more than 11 tons of TNT—dug a crater 55 feet across (and 16 feet deep), utterly destroying the exterior face of Building 131, located less than 35 yards away, across an empty lot.
Flying shards of glass and blunt-force trauma killed 19 US Airmen, all but one of them in Building 131. The shock w...
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