Accession Number : ADA322535

Title :   Turning Light Forces into Heavy Hitters. New Technologies for U.S. Rapid Reaction Missions.

Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA

PDF Url : ADA322535

Report Date : SEP 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 4

Abstract : In recent years, light, rapid-reaction forces have become a staple of U.S. military strategy and planning. Rather than defending predetermined territories with large, prepositioned forces, current U.S. plans call for quick and decisive deployments of lightly armed forces into locations of potential or actual hostilities. Recent research performed by RAND's National Defense Research Institute and its Arroyo Center suggests that emerging technologies will eliminate or substantially reduce a major drawback of this developing role for light forces: their vulnerability to attacks from heavily armored enemies.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY STRATEGY, *RAPID DEPLOYMENT, ARMOR, POSITION(LOCATION), DEPLOYMENT, QUICK REACTION, ATTACK, VULNERABILITY, MISSIONS, ENEMY, NATIONAL DEFENSE.

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE