Accession Number : ADA318898

Title :   Psychological Effects of U.S. Air Operations in Four Wars, 1941 - 1991. Lessons for the Commanders.

Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA

Personal Author(s) : Hosmer, Stephen T.

PDF Url : ADA318898

Report Date : 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 240

Abstract : This study suggests ways to maximize the psychological impact of U.S. airpower in future conflicts. It draws on enemy prisoner of war (POW) interrogations and other data from the Korean, Vietnam, and Persian Gulf wars to analyze the psychological effects of past U.S. air operations against both enemy strategic targets and deployed forces. Among other objectives, the study aims to identify conditions that enhance or limit the psychological effects of air operations, how future U.S. air campaigns and psychological operations (PSYOP) might be best designed and employed to exploit fully the psychological potential of U.S. airpower, and how the Air Force might increase its own capabilities and role in the psychological dimension of warfare.

Descriptors :   *PSYCHOLOGICAL WARFARE, MILITARY HISTORY, AIR FORCE RESEARCH, MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN), PERSIAN GULF, AIR FORCE TRAINING, AERIAL WARFARE, AIR STRIKES, TACTICAL AIR SUPPORT, STRATEGIC WARFARE, KOREA, COMMUNISM, NATIONAL DEFENSE, AIR FORCE OPERATIONS, VIETNAM, AIR LAND BATTLES, AIR INTELLIGENCE, STRATEGIC BOMBING, PRISONERS OF WAR.

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
      Psychology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE