By Robert B. Munson (auth.)
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Air Force has created the International Affairs Specialist program leading to two different part-time career paths, as regional affairs strategists or, the lessdemanding, political-military affairs strategists. Qualification in one of these paths includes an advanced degree, regional experience, and perhaps a language capability. , in intelligence or aviation) with tours as regional specialists. Despite the extensive training, the Air Force still emphasizes the primary career field—be it as a logistics or security police or flight officer—but recognizes the advantages of the FAO training.
S. S. 13 Why Are We Here? ● 33 I understood these perspectives but looked forward to absorbing more about the South, its people, and their perspectives on the many issues affecting their lives. Armed with knowledge of the history and the recent political developments, I assumed my position as a staff officer in the Force HQ in Juba, ready to learn more deeply about South Sudan and play my part wearing a peacekeeper’s blue beret. CHAPTER 4 There Is No Intelligence in the UN: Working for UNMISS I arrived as a peacekeeper in South Sudan ten months after the country’s independence.
The CPA provided for a perilous split of proceeds from oil sales in the meantime, but the specific division of the income would become controversial. The South did not want to “fund” the government in Khartoum with its natural wealth while the North feared losing this important income source. In light of history, the CPA permitted an independent military for the southern people. The Southerners remembered their impotence under the earlier Addis Ababa Accords. With the new peace agreement, the SPLA would remain independent and not be integrated into a united Sudanese military, other than in a few Joint Units, which were to pave the way for a future joint military, if the South remained a part of Sudan.