Accession Number : ADA311470

Title :   Operation Desert Storm. Evaluation of the Air War.

Corporate Author : GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC PROGRAM EVALUATION AND METHODOLOGY DI V

PDF Url : ADA311470

Report Date : JUL 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 28

Abstract : This report evaluates the use and effectiveness of the various aircraft, munitions, and other weapon systems used in the victorious air campaign in Operation Desert Storm in order to aid the Congress in future procurement decisions. Over 5 years ago, the United States and its coalition allies successfully forced Iraq out of Kuwait. The performance of aircraft and their munitions, cruise missiles, and other air campaign systems in Desert Storm continues to be relevant today as the basis for significant procurement and force sizing decisions. For example, the Department of Defense (DOD) Report on the Bottom-Up Review (BUR) explicitly cited the effectiveness of advanced weapons used in Desert Storm-including laser-guided bombs (LGBs) and stealth aircraft-as shaping the BUR recommendations on weapons procurement.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY OPERATIONS, *COST EFFECTIVENESS, *AERIAL WARFARE, *WEAPON SYSTEM EFFECTIVENESS, MILITARY INTELLIGENCE, COMBAT EFFECTIVENESS, CONGRESS, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, IRAQ, KUWAIT, DECISION MAKING, SURVIVABILITY, ELECTROOPTICS, PERFORMANCE(ENGINEERING), TARGET ACQUISITION, DAMAGE ASSESSMENT, LASERS, LIMITATIONS, CRUISE MISSILES, VISIBILITY, ADVERSE CONDITIONS, STRATEGIC WARFARE, TARGET DETECTION, MILITARY PROCUREMENT, TIMELINESS, FIXED WING AIRCRAFT, MILITARY TACTICS, INFRARED EQUIPMENT, ADVANCED WEAPONS, STEALTH TECHNOLOGY, INVENTORY ANALYSIS, MEDIUM ALTITUDE, HIGH ALTITUDE BOMBING, TARGET ACTIVATED MUNITIONS.

Subject Categories : Economics and Cost Analysis
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
      Fire Control and Bombing Systems

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE