Accession Number : ADA513074

Title :   Report of the Defense Science Board 2008 Summer Study on Capability Surprise. Volume 2: Supporting Papers

Descriptive Note : Final rept.

Corporate Author : DEFENSE SCIENCE BOARD WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : John, Miriam ; Stein, Robert

PDF Url : ADA513074

Report Date : JAN 2010

Pagination or Media Count : 223

Abstract : The instability and cultural complexities in today's world, the breadth of security challenges, and the capability not only of states, but of non-states and extremists to "make really bad things happen" create an environment in which the potential for surprise has reached new levels. As of yet the nation has found no simple form of deterrence to deal with this complex environment. Thus, we as a nation must be prepared to deal with surprise in new ways. This study addresses the issue of capability surprise--what it is, why it happens, what can be done to reduce the potential for its occurrence, and how the Department of Defense and the nation can be better prepared to respond appropriately.

Descriptors :   *OPERATIONAL READINESS, *MILITARY CAPABILITIES, *RESPONSE, *SECURITY, *STRATEGIC ANALYSIS, TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT, LOGISTICS, ENVIRONMENTS, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, MILITARY OPERATIONS

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE