Accession Number : ADA292985

Title :   The Mechanism for Strategic Coercion: Denial or Second Order Change?

Corporate Author : AIR UNIV MAXWELL AFB AL SCHOOL OF ADVANCED AIRPOWER STUDIES

Personal Author(s) : Sullivan, Mark P.

PDF Url : ADA292985

Report Date : APR 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 69

Abstract : In the post cold war environment of shrinking budgets and uncertain threats, America can no longer politically, nor economically, afford strategies that rely on our traditional military strategy of annihilation and exhaustion. Furthermore, America's position as the single remaining superpower virtually guarantees that our vital interests will not be directly challenged. This means that the use of military force is becoming even more politicized. Despite military leaders' apparent adherence to Clausewitz's maxim that war is an extension of policy, they usually approach strategic planning as if the application of force can be planned separately from the political effort. The traditional American military brute force strategy does not always meet our national needs in this new world order.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY STRATEGY, *DECISION MAKING, *INTERNATIONAL POLITICS, *COST ANALYSIS, *MILITARY PLANNING, WARFARE, GLOBAL, POLICIES, ENVIRONMENTS, RISK, STRATEGIC ANALYSIS, MILITARY DOCTRINE, PROBABILITY, THESES, THREAT EVALUATION, COLD WAR, MILITARY COMMANDERS, COERCIVE FORCE, MILITARY BUDGETS, POSTWAR OPERATIONS, GAME THEORY.

Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Economics and Cost Analysis
      Government and Political Science
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
      Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Statistics and Probability
      Operations Research

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE