Accession Number : ADA311946

Title :   Thinking the Unthinkable -- Facing a Nuclear, Biological, Chemical and the Means to Deliver (NBC&M) Adversary: An Integrated Planning Consideration for the Operational Commander.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI

Personal Author(s) : Wong, Bruce S.

PDF Url : ADA311946

Report Date : 20 MAY 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 37

Abstract : In today's volatile political, economic, religious and cultural environment Nation-States aggressively pursue robust NBC&M capabilities as economic and force equalizers for asymmetric warfare advantage. Two thoughts follow. First, the odds indicate the United States will face a NBC&M capable and confident adversary in a future regional conflict. Second, although never publicly nor explicitly stated, the United States has indicated it may respond with nuclear weapons when confronted with NBC&M in a conventional war. However accurate, this exchange invites a compelling question: are we prepared to confidently integrate such Presidential tasks into a conventional environment? This paper seeks to provide some considerations to this question. It is not about telling the Operational Commander (CINC) how to execute Presidential tasks; it is about pulling together diverse, unclassified, operational considerations as a reasonable foundation for integrating a nuclear response into conventional operations. p4

Descriptors :   *NUCLEAR WARFARE, *MILITARY OPERATIONS, *INTEGRATED SYSTEMS, *PLANNING, *BIOLOGICAL WARFARE, *CHEMICAL WARFARE, *MILITARY COMMANDERS, NUCLEAR WEAPONS, ENVIRONMENTS, ASYMMETRY, CONVENTIONAL WARFARE, MASS DESTRUCTION WEAPONS, CONFLICT.

Subject Categories : Chemical, Biological and Radiological Warfare
      Nuclear Warfare
      Military Intelligence

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE