Accession Number : ADA307075

Title :   Psychological Effects of U.S. Air Operations in Four Wars, 1941-1991. Lessons for U.S. Commanders,

Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA

Personal Author(s) : Hosmer, Stephen T.

PDF Url : ADA307075

Report Date : 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 243

Abstract : This study suggests ways to maximize the psychological impact of U.S. airpower in future conflicts. It draws on enemy prisoner of war (POW) interrogations and other data from the Korean, Vietnam, and Persian Gulf wars to analyze the psychological effects of past U.S. air operations against both enemy strategic targets and deployed forces. Among other objectives, the study aims to identify (1) conditions that enhance or limit the psychological effects of air operations, (2) how future U.S. air campaigns and psychological operations (PSYOP) might be best designed and employed to exploit fully the psychological potential of U.S. airpower, and (3) how the Air Force might increase its own capabilities and role in the psychological dimension of warfare.

Descriptors :   *AERIAL WARFARE, *MILITARY PSYCHOLOGY, MILITARY HISTORY, COMBAT EFFECTIVENESS, DEPLOYMENT, MILITARY STRATEGY, THEATER LEVEL OPERATIONS, POLICIES, LESSONS LEARNED, DECISION MAKING, THREATS, BATTLEFIELDS, STRESS(PSYCHOLOGY), ATTACK, MORALE, AIR STRIKES, JOINT MILITARY ACTIVITIES, CONFLICT, ENEMY, BEHAVIOR, STRATEGIC WARFARE, MILITARY PLANNING, AIR POWER, STRIKE WARFARE, PSYCHOLOGICAL OPERATIONS, AIR FORCE OPERATIONS, PRISONERS OF WAR, MILITARY ART.

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
      Psychology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE