Accession Number : ADA299374

Title :   The Effect on Operational and Tactical Surprise by U.S. Military Forces Due to the Proliferation of Unclassified Satellite Imaging Systems.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis, 2 Aug 94-2 Jun 95,

Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS

Personal Author(s) : Swedberg, Edwin C.

PDF Url : ADA299374

Report Date : 02 JUN 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 95

Abstract : This study investigates the ability of U.S. military forces to maintain surprise over the next five years, in view of the highly capable unclassified satellite imaging systems available soon. These systems developed for a broad range of scientific, commercial, civil, and media applications, will have the potential to provide space-based imagery of ongoing U.S. may no longer maintain the element of surprise that is held so dearly in its doctrine. The study uses three types of research methodology to analyze the problem: case studies, measurement research, and relationship research. The study examines the importance of surprise during three operation; El Dorado Canyon, Just Cause, and Desert Storm. This study systematically and speculatively determine it several programmed and proposed commercial satellite imaging systems have the quality, timeliness, and accessibility of defeat military surprise and examines the potential counteraffects to policy, diplomacy, and passive and active countermeasures.

Descriptors :   *STRATEGIC ANALYSIS, *RECONNAISSANCE SATELLITES, MILITARY OPERATIONS, IRAQ, KUWAIT, ELECTROOPTICS, CASE STUDIES, IMAGES, SATELLITE COMMUNICATIONS, ACCESS, NIGHT, TIMELINESS, DECEPTION, COUNTERMEASURES, MASS MEDIA.

Subject Categories : Military Intelligence

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE