Accession Number : ADA289166

Title :   Air Power: A Solution for Bosnia,

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

Personal Author(s) : Lohide, Kurtis D.

PDF Url : ADA289166

Report Date : 17 DEC 1993

Pagination or Media Count : 60

Abstract : From the bitter Civil War in Bosnia-Herzegovina conditions have emerged which could draw the United States into the Balkan conflict. Since the war's beginning in 1992, Serbian nationalism has led to a campaign of genocidal cleansing against the Bosnian Muslims. Finding this mass violence appalling to their moral standards, and increasingly frustrated with ineffectual U.N. peacekeeping efforts, many U.S. citizens have begun looking toward their military for a solution. However, although they view the killing as unacceptable, many Americans who assert a noble desire to'do something' do not feel the present situation is an adequate reason to risk U.S. lives. These critics argue such involvement is well intentioned but indistinctly defined. Therefore, they maintain, humanitarian intervention into the Balkan Civil War would only embroil America in a ground conflict reminescent of Vietnam. This study refutes that argument. it concludes the United States could most effectively project military force into Bosnia by forsaking the use of ground forces and employing air power exclusively.

Descriptors :   *AIR STRIKES, *UNCONVENTIONAL WARFARE, *BOSNIA HERZEGOVINA, MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES), FOREIGN POLICY, FIGHTER AIRCRAFT, WARFARE, ISLAM, MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN), INFANTRY, MISSIONS, ATTACK AIRCRAFT, STANDARDS, CASUALTIES, ETHNIC GROUPS, ETHICS, UNITED NATIONS, AIR POWER, GUIDED WEAPONS, CATALYTIC CONFLICT(WARFARE), VIETNAM, SERBIA, CROATIA.

Subject Categories : Military Aircraft Operations
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
      Government and Political Science
      Guided Munitions

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