Accession Number : ADA325165

Title :   Fratricide and the Operational Commander: An Appraisal of Losses to Friendly Fire.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI

Personal Author(s) : Wild, Douglas A.

PDF Url : ADA325165

Report Date : 07 FEB 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 25

Abstract : The fog of war may very well establish the conditions for losses due to friendly fire. Whatever the cause, incidents of this type pose a significant challenge for the operational commander in terms of his ability to conduct continuous operations on today's battlefield. Research has shown that some weapon systems rely on human judgment under conditions and distances where such judgment is degraded or even faulty. The gap between technology and human capability is approaching a level where human beings may not be able to employ these systems without significant risk to one's own forces. This limitation does not absolve leaders of the responsibility to incorporate methods to reduce the risk of losses from fratricide. Fratricide is a joint issue that must be addressed in a multi-service manner. Commanders and staff officers alike must understand the problem and be familiar with steps to limit its awful cost.

Descriptors :   *COMBAT EFFECTIVENESS, *CASUALTIES, *FRIENDLY FIRE, MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES), MILITARY DOCTRINE, PERFORMANCE(HUMAN), BATTLEFIELDS, STRESS(PSYCHOLOGY), MILITARY TRAINING, MILITARY PLANNING, JUDGEMENT(PSYCHOLOGY), PERCEPTION(PSYCHOLOGY), BATTLE MANAGEMENT.

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE