Accession Number : ADA195038

Title :   Analysis of Japanese Balloon Bombing of North America.

Descriptive Note : Student rept.,

Corporate Author : AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLL MAXWELL AFB AL

Personal Author(s) : Brown, Garry R

PDF Url : ADA195038

Report Date : Apr 1988

Pagination or Media Count : 30

Abstract : This paper provides a review and analysis of the Japanese balloon bombing of the U.S. during World War II. Areas covered include an examination of Japanese technological capabilities, a description of the two types of balloons, public and military response in the U.S., and the associated Japanese propaganda program. In today's world where acts of terrorism are not only increasing, but are a way of life in many Third World countries, the most important lesson to be learned from the Japanese balloon bombings of World War II is concerning voluntary media restraint. Terrorism thrives on media coverage and without it, might cease to exist. Because the balloon bombings of the United States were not publicized, the Japanese high command assumed the program was unsuccessful and discontinued it. Perhaps the American media should consider a similar approach in an effort to help combat terrorism.

Descriptors :   *MASS MEDIA, *TERRORISM, BALLOONS, BOMBING, JAPAN, MEDIA, RESTRAINT, WARFARE, PROPAGANDA, NORTH AMERICA, DEVELOPING NATIONS, UNITED STATES, HISTORY

Subject Categories : Lighter-than-air Aircraft

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE