Accession Number : ADA312700

Title :   Armor in Military Operations Other Than War: An Effective Emp1oyment Option.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis 31 Jul 95-7 Jun 96,

Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS

Personal Author(s) : Malone, Jean T.

PDF Url : ADA312700

Report Date : 07 JUN 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 224

Abstract : This study investigates the use of armor in military operations other than war (MOOTW). MOOTW are likely to be the most prevalent missions conducted by U.S. forces in the foreseeable future. A significant portion of U.S. forces are armored units. Consequently, it is important to determine if these forces can be used effectively in MOOTW. This study examines the use of armor by Marine forces in Lebanon from 1982- 1984, Marines and Army units in Haiti during operation 'Uphold Democracy', and the Army in Panama during operation 'Safe Haven'. In addition examples of the use of armor in operation 'Just Cause' are compared to the three major case studies. Finally, the doctrine available on the use of armor in MOOTW is related to the case studies. The study concludes that armor is effective in MOOTW. It also concludes that the role and effect of armor in MOOTW is often misunderstood by military and civilians alike. Training in, and attention to MOOTW is lacking throughout the military and particularly within the armor community. The study recommends that MOOTW training be given a higher priority throughout the military, and that doctrine for the use of armor in all MOOTW be created and disseminated.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY OPERATIONS, *MILITARY VEHICLES, LEBANON, MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES), ARMOR, MARINE CORPS, CASE STUDIES, MARINE CORPS PERSONNEL, DEMOCRACY, PANAMA, HAITI.

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
      Combat Vehicles

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE