Accession Number : ADA293368

Title :   Tomahawk-A Force Across the Spectrum of War.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI

Personal Author(s) : Harden, William J.

PDF Url : ADA293368

Report Date : 16 JUN 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 24

Abstract : The purpose of this paper is to examine the value of long-range precision weaponry systems, specifically Tomahawk cruise missiles, across the spectrum of warfare. Included in this examination will be application of Tomahawk in support of some of the Principles of War, its potential contribution to escalation control/avoidance, and the value of Tomahawk when considered in relation to the social dimensions of strategy. A discussion of the inherent deterrent value of the system will lead into a look at the applicability of Tomahawk as a flexible deterrent option and in Peace Enforcement operations. Finally, consideration will be given to the utility of Tomahawk in support of Strategic Interdiction operations. While Tomahawk, just as every other weapon system, does have some limitations, it has application in wide variety of situations. Ultimately the purpose of this paper is to provide a mental review of some potential strategic and operational applications and implications of Tomahawk for those who monitor, evaluate and make decisions at the strategic and operational levels of warfare.

Descriptors :   *CRUISE MISSILES, *SURFACE TO SURFACE MISSILES, MILITARY OPERATIONS, CONTROL, WARFARE, PEACETIME, STRATEGIC ANALYSIS, WEAPON SYSTEMS, INTERDICTION, SPECTRA, LONG RANGE(DISTANCE), PRECISION, STRATEGIC WARFARE, AVOIDANCE, MENTAL ABILITY, DETERRENCE.

Subject Categories : Surface-launched Guided Missiles

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE