After the grinding experiences of two long ground wars, and an unrelated but simultaneous revolution in technology, Britain is re-approaching the role of the forward air controller (FAC). Prior to Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.K. had a cadre of FACs, but it was a small niche—one FAC party per brigade. This has grown and will continue to do so, according to Squadron Leader Mark Betley, commander of the Joint Forward Air Control Training and Standards Unit (Jfactsu) based at RAF Leeming in ...


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