Accession Number : ADA317863

Title :   A Framework for Precision Conventional Strike in Post-Cold War Military Strategy,

Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA

Personal Author(s) : Birkler, John ; Hura, Myron ; Shlapak, David ; Frelinger, David ; McLeod, Gary

PDF Url : ADA317863

Report Date : 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 98

Abstract : Precision conventional strike (PCS) is the practice of attacking selected targets with sufficient accuracy for high probability of kill and low collateral damage. Today's precision-conventional-strike weapons were developed for the primary purpose of fighting a major war against the Soviet Union. What value do they have in future military strategies? The answer to this question will help to shape the roles of these weapons in future U.S. military campaigns and will have a bearing on whether some campaigns may even be undertaken. In this report, we present a methodology to assist in arriving at an answer and draw some preliminary lessons from illustrative applications of that approach.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY STRATEGY, *CONVENTIONAL WARFARE, WEAPONS, USSR, WARFARE, KILL PROBABILITIES, ACCURACY, COLD WAR, POSTWAR.

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE