Accession Number : ADA325818

Title :   Counterproliferation: Planning Considerations for the Commander.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI

Personal Author(s) : Flynn, Charles A.

PDF Url : ADA325818

Report Date : 07 FEB 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 25

Abstract : Developing plans to deter or defeat an enemy possessing weapons of mass destruction (WMD) is complex due to the complications and difficulties these weapons add to asymmetric battlefields. Future adversaries in the post cold-war will use these to create massive casualties, disrupt our freedom of action to project power, cause public relations nightmares through media exploitation, effect coalition agreements, and apply pressure to US Leadership-- all in an effort to test our resolve. Operational Commanders must be clear in defining active and passive counterproliferation measures they must take to retain operational protection and tempo. The planning process at the operational level must accurately analyze the mission, commanders must give detailed guidance, and the entire staff must correctly apply the operational factors and tenets to produce plans that have high probabilities of success. Often execution of the plan will determine the outcome but failing to plan properly and test the full range of options will contribute to situations with far-reaching and potentially disastrous consequences.

Descriptors :   *WEAPONS, *MASS DESTRUCTION WEAPONS, *MILITARY PLANNING, BATTLEFIELDS, PROBABILITY, ASYMMETRY, PROTECTION, CASUALTIES, PUBLIC RELATIONS, POWER, MILITARY COMMANDERS.

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE