Accession Number : ADA195565

Title :   A Tank-Free Zone for NATO's Central Region.

Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MIL ITARY STUDIES

Personal Author(s) : Wilson, Michael T

PDF Url : ADA195565

Report Date : 07 May 1988

Pagination or Media Count : 55

Abstract : This document examines the concept of a mutual tank-free zone for the European Central Region and tests its validity as a possible operational concept for NATO. The IT assesses the military implications of the concept and its usefulness as a mechanism of applying military means to achieve political ends. NATO leaders are looking for ways to strengthen deterrence and conventional defense at relatively low economic and political costs to their governments. The tank-free zone concept may be political costs to their governments. The tank-free zone concept may be recommended as a serious proposal for future arms control talks as a method to reconfigure and realign conventional force asymmetries. The discussion begins with a contemporary perspective of the current NATO defensive capability and orientation. The political demands of deterrence are compared with the military requirements for defense. These are contrasted against the essential requirements for strong defense as expressed by Clausewitz and U.S. Army doctrine to identify the weaknesses in the NATO approach. The capability of a tank-free zone to redress these deficiencies constitutes the analysis. Keywords: Antitank warfare; Maneuvers. (KR)

Descriptors :   *ANTITANK WARFARE, *DEFENSE SYSTEMS, *MILITARY DOCTRINE, *NATO, ARMS CONTROL, ARMY, ASYMMETRY, CENTRAL EUROPE, COSTS, ECONOMICS, LEADERSHIP, LOW COSTS, MILITARY REQUIREMENTS, POLITICAL SCIENCE, REGIONS

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE