Accession Number : ADA309113

Title :   SCORPION: A Low Cost, Low Risk, Low Asset Strategy For Resolving Low Level Conflicts.

Descriptive Note : Research rept.,

Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s) : Bray, Clifton L., Jr

PDF Url : ADA309113

Report Date : APR 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 75

Abstract : Despite a significant drawdown, the U.S. military must be ready for two nearly simultaneous Major Regional Contingencies (MRCs). Frequent deployments in support of contingencies short of an MRC are affecting our MRC readiness. Often the cost for these large deployments comes from training, readiness, and modernization related funds. Deployed units cannot complete certain types of critical training and in some cases, lost training is never made up. Another problem is a rising concern toward casualties, especially casualties not clearly associated with America's vital interests. Is there a low cost, low risk, low asset strategy for resolving low level conflicts? This paper analyzes our current situation and proposes a strategy that combines precision guided munitions, stealth aircraft, information warfare, psychological operations, and unconventional warfare into an integrated method of fighting. This strategy is codenamed SCORPION.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY STRATEGY, *COMBAT READINESS, *MILITARY DOWNSIZING, MILITARY INTELLIGENCE, MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES), NATIONAL SECURITY, RISK, INFORMATION EXCHANGE, LOW COSTS, PRECISION, CASUALTIES, MILITARY MODERNIZATION, MILITARY FORCE LEVELS, PSYCHOLOGICAL WARFARE, UNCONVENTIONAL WARFARE, GUIDED WEAPONS, STEALTH TECHNOLOGY, GUERRILLA WARFARE.

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
      Unconventional Warfare

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE