Accession Number : ADA312216

Title :   Fratricide: Incorporating DESERT STORM Lessons Learned.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI

Personal Author(s) : Waterman, Danny L.

PDF Url : ADA312216

Report Date : 20 MAY 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 28

Abstract : Death on the battlefield as a result of friendly fire is not new. In those cases prior to DESERT STORM, where good data was available, it has been estimated historical friendly fire casualty rates were comparable to the fratricide rate of DESERT STORM. Fratricide, historically considered an insignificant contributor to overall combat losses, may not have received the proper level of attention in doctrine, planning, training, and fratricide reduction technologies it deserved. This paper will show that fratricide has been, and will continue to be, a major source of casualties unless near-term efforts are taken to incorporate the lessons of DESERT STORM into doctrine, planning, and training, with a long-term commitment to fratricide reduction technologies. It will explore the causes of fratricide and asserts the lack of combat identification is the primary cause of fratricide. Finally, this paper will review current efforts to avoid fratricide in the near-term, offer a 'partial solution,' and conclude that the long-term solution requires the synthesis of near term steps in addition to the application of new technologies.

Descriptors :   *LESSONS LEARNED, *CASUALTIES, *ARMY OPERATIONS, *FRATRICIDE, *FRIENDLY FIRE, MILITARY OPERATIONS, WARFARE, IRAQ, KUWAIT, MILITARY DOCTRINE, BATTLEFIELDS, RATES, LONG RANGE(TIME), REDUCTION, IDENTIFICATION, MILITARY TRAINING, LOSSES, MILITARY PLANNING, DEATH, ATTENTION.

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE