Accession Number : ADA322242

Title :   Maximizing the Psychological Effects of Airpower: Lessons from Past Wars.

Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA

PDF Url : ADA322242

Report Date : JAN 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 2

Abstract : The psychological effects of air operations can help shorten wars and reduce their costs, particularly in lives. In some conflict situations, these effects may in fact exceed the physical effects in importance. In Psychological Effects of U.S. Air Operations in Four Wars, 1941-1991: Lessons for U.S. Commanders, Stephen T. Hosmer focuses on two types of air operations: (1) those aimed at strategic targets and (2) those aimed at deployed forces; whose psychological effects may significantly reduce the duration and intensity of an enemy's resistance. The research drew on interrogations of enemy deserters and prisoners of war and on other data to examine the psychological effects of air operations in the Korean, Vietnam, and Persian Gulf wars and, to a lesser extent, World War 2. Analysis of these wars yielded lessons on how U.S. commanders might prepare for, plan, and conduct psychologically effective air operations.

Descriptors :   *AIR STRIKES, *PSYCHOLOGICAL WARFARE, STRATEGIC ANALYSIS, MORALE, AIR POWER, REACTION(PSYCHOLOGY), STRATEGIC BOMBING, PRISONERS OF WAR.

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
      Psychology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE