Accession Number : ADA118373

Title :   NATO Central Region Forward Defense: Correcting the Strategy/Force Mismatch,

Corporate Author : NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV WASHINGTON DC RESEARCH DIRECTORATE

Personal Author(s) : Freeman,Waldo D , Jr

PDF Url : ADA118373

Report Date : Jan 1981

Pagination or Media Count : 38

Abstract : This research paper addresses NATO Central Region conventional inferiority and its implications for strategy. It argues that alternative solutions must be found, since the cost of closing the force balance gap with the 11-1/2 armored-division equivalents needed for forward defense is probably greater than Western democracies are willing to bear. Four solutions are examined: (1) increased precision-guided munitions densities; (2) force structure modifications; (3) peacetime construction of fortifications, barriers, and obstacles; and (4) defensive use of urban areas. The author concludes that a credible conventional forward defense is possible within current resource and manpower constraints if NATO makes major adjustments to its force posture, doctrine, and plans, incorporating features of the four examined areas of improvement. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Area defense, NATO, West Germany, Forward areas, Guided weapons, Military force levels, Fortifications, Urban areas

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE