Accession Number : ADA214391

Title :   Variables Affecting Central-Region Stability: The 'Operational Minimum' and Other Issues at Low Force Levels.

Descriptive Note : Interim rept.,

Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA

Personal Author(s) : Davis, Paul K. ; Howe, Robert D. ; Kugler, Richard L. ; Wild, William G., Jr

Report Date : SEP 1989

Pagination or Media Count : 81

Abstract : The negotiations on conventional forces in Europe (CFE) include the principle of mutual reductions to parity at force levels below NATO's current levels. The participants' proposals set limits on equipment such as main battle tanks and artillery in the Atlantic-to-the-Urals region and various subregions. This Note provides an analysis of the following issues: (1) defining and estimating the operational minimum, which is the operational-level strength of forces below which the feasibility of narrowly defined forward defense would be questionable (although by no means impossible) even under conditions of parity; (2) the significance for Central Region stability of the D-Day theater force ratio; (3) the potential stability at low force levels (i.e., below the operational minimum); and (4) possible CFE stabilizing measures. Keywords: Arms control; Operations research; Conventional warfare; Forward areas. (KR)

Descriptors :   *MILITARY FORCE LEVELS, *NATO, ARMS CONTROL, ARTILLERY, CONVENTIONAL WARFARE, DEFENSE SYSTEMS, EUROPE, FORWARD AREAS, LIMITATIONS, LOW LEVEL, OPERATIONS RESEARCH, PARITY, REDUCTION, REGIONS, STABILITY, STABILIZATION, TANKS(COMBAT VEHICLES).

Subject Categories : Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE