Accession Number : ADA306640

Title :   Future War: An Assessment of Aerospace Campaigns in 2010,

Corporate Author : AIR UNIV MAXWELL AFB AL

Personal Author(s) : Barnett, Jeffery R.

PDF Url : ADA306640

Report Date : JAN 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 186

Abstract : The purpose of this book is to outline the aerospace aspects of future war. Because future war is an exceptionally broad subject, three caveats are in order. (1) This book outlines only future state versus state warfare. Its theories are applicable only to future wars between sovereign states and alliances of sovereign states. States have organized militaries, infrastructures, production bases, capitals, and populations. These components enable unique capabilities and vulnerabilities-which dictate the scope and character of war. Because states alone have these attributes, theories of state versus state war are unique. The book is not intended to provide a template for wars with nonstates such as future versions of Somali clans, Bosnian Serbs, or Vietcong. Nonstate warfare is certainly important; its future deserves serious treatment. However, because nonstates differ fundamentally from states, an examination of future nonstate warfare requires a wholly separate treatment. Nonstates, by definition, exist without infrastructures, production bases, and capitals. Nonstates usually have neither organized militaries nor any responsibility for populations. In essence, nonstates have completely different makeups relative to states. Because of these gross differences, nonstates require their own theories of war. It is impossible to reconcile both state and nonstate conflict into one theory. Future aerospace operations in wars with nonstates must remain for others to address. This particular book views future aerospace operations through only one prism, that of state versus state conflict. (2) This book reviews only the aerospace aspects of future war. This limited focus is not meant to slight land and naval campaigns-they will remain crucial to future war, forming fundamental components of joint campaigns.

Descriptors :   *AERIAL WARFARE, *AEROSPACE ENVIRONMENTS, *MILITARY PLANNING, *TECHNOLOGY FORECASTING, COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION, COMMAND CONTROL COMMUNICATIONS, MILITARY OPERATIONS, MILITARY HISTORY, MILITARY STRATEGY, COMPETITION, IMPACT, OPERATIONAL READINESS, BATTLEFIELDS, THEORY, PENETRATION, INTEGRATION, LIMITATIONS, MILITARY CAPABILITIES, PRECISION, MILITARY APPLICATIONS, MASS DESTRUCTION WEAPONS, TIMELINESS, SURVEILLANCE, INFORMATION SCIENCES, MILITARY ART.

Subject Categories : Information Science
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE