- Apr 29, 2020
T-AOS: A New Model for CompetitionWell, the article is not without merit. In theory, the CAAs just changed names and moved into the new Theatre-Aligned Operations Squadrons. We'll just have to wait and see how that works out.
GEN Slife's congressional statement referenced in the above: chrome-extension://efaidnbmnnnibpcajpcglclefindmkaj/https://www.armed-services.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/2022%20AFSOC%20Posture%20-%20Lt%20Gen%20Slife%20-%20SASC-ETC%20(27%20April)%20(Final).pdf
MST provides innovative leap in SOFORGEN
I'm lacking a lot of knowledge in this world, so it's all super exciting to me but also jargon salad at times. My little tiny understanding of this is that CAA and other elements of a previous structure weren't necessarily utilizing everyone's skills in the right way (wrong languages and training in the wrong places?), so now we have a regionally aligned T-AOS model.
And a T-AOS is regionally aligned, something like green berets have been doing forever? These new T-AOS models will have an operations flight that has cargo pilots hauling around special tactics, intel, cyber and everyone else who fits on the bus. The missions will be "limited only by creativity" and some of Cobb (author)'s ideas include being the first in to "grey zone" territories to land on dirt strips and establish runways, or to launch PSYOP campaigns from the cargo hold.
Training for officers in T-AOS is in “Theater Air Operations Squadron (T-AOS) Skills Training Requirements,” Memorandum for Record, May 31, 2023. which remains impossible to find online.
So everyone who gets AFSOC birds on airframe selection night gets to be rambo-bond-and maybe Maverick when we get the AFSOC fighter jets? Did I miss a selection course somewhere in there?