Accession Number : ADA281994

Title :   Attacking Electrical Power: A Targeting Study for the New World Order.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH

Personal Author(s) : Griffith, Thomas E., Jr

Report Date : 1994

Pagination or Media Count : 48

Abstract : The increased interest in the idea of using conventional strategic bombing as a means of solving foreign policy crises mandates a thorough examination of which targets should be attacked. Electrical power has been considered a critical target in every war since World War II, and will likely be nominated in the future. Yet, despite the frequency of attacks on this target system planners and decision makers tend to become enamored with the vulnerability of electric power to air strikes, and fail to analyze the relationship between attacking electrical power and the stated political objectives. Historically there have been four basic strategies behind attacks on national electrical systems: to cause a decline in civilian morale; to inflict costs on political leaders; to hamper military operations; and to hinder war production. The evidence shows that the only sound reason for attacking electrical power is to affect the production of war material in a war of attrition against a self-supporting nation with little outside assistance. Because attacks on electrical power offer minimal benefits yet can cause politically counterproductive collateral damage, the implications for future strategic air operations are significant.

Descriptors :   *ELECTRIC POWER, *STRATEGIC BOMBING, *AIR STRIKES, FOREIGN POLICY, MILITARY STRATEGY, VULNERABILITY, TARGETS, DAMAGE ASSESSMENT, THESES.

Subject Categories : Fire Control and Bombing Systems
      Electric Power Production and Distribution

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE