Accession Number : ADA311807

Title :   Operation Provide Promise: The JFACC's Role in Humanitarian Assistance in a Non-Permissive Environment. A Case Study.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT

Personal Author(s) : Brooks, James J.

PDF Url : ADA311807

Report Date : 14 JUN 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 23

Abstract : Operation Provide Promise was a United States-led allied effort to provide humanitarian assistance to the people of Bosnia-Herzegovina. The airdrop portion was envisioned as a noncombat operation. While no casualties were incurred the airdrops were, in fact, combat operations. The potential risks to the aircraft and crews from the warring factions throughout Bosnia were too great to be ignored by the operational commanders. The joint force air component commander had to integrate allied airlift forces along with defensive, offensive and surveillance forces into a synergistic team to provide aid in a non-permissive environment. Additionally, targeting the aid uniquely tested the JFACC's ability to ensure his assigned forces were employed in a coherent manner. The JFACC conducted the airdrops with restraint, unity of effort, legitimacy and perseverance. However, the lack of a clear and defined political objective and end state hampered the JFACC's measurement of success and his ability to balance the political demands to provide more aid with his scarce resources against the risks of the non-permissive environment of Bosnia.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY OPERATIONS, *MILITARY ASSISTANCE, *CASE STUDIES, *JOINT MILITARY ACTIVITIES, *BOSNIA HERZEGOVINA, *LIMITED WARFARE, MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES), ENVIRONMENTS, MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN), TASK FORCES, POLITICAL ALLIANCES, AIR DROP OPERATIONS, MILITARY COMMANDERS, AIRLIFT OPERATIONS, SYNERGISM.

Subject Categories : Military Forces and Organizations
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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