Accession Number : ADA262660


Title :   FRATRICIDE: Doctrine's Role in Reducing Friendly Fire


Descriptive Note : Monograph


Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES


Personal Author(s) : Garrett, III, William B


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a262660.pdf


Report Date : Dec 1992


Pagination or Media Count : 62


Abstract : This monograph seeks to identify doctrine's role in limiting fratricide--specifically, ground-to-ground and air-to-ground fratricide. Fratricide is hardly a new condition on the battlefield. However, an increasingly complex, dynamic, and lethal battlefield can only serve to increase the risk of fratricide. Doctrine can have a significant impact on the ways and means of reducing this risk. First, selected fratricide incidents during World War II, Vietnam, and the Persian Gulf War are examined to determine the historical role of doctrine in fratricide reduction. Then, current and emerging U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force doctrine are surveyed to assess conceptual similarities concerning fratricide. This monograph concludes that doctrine can assist in reducing the risk of fratricide by: (1) developing a doctrinal awareness for fratricide; (2) directing and facilitating the training required to reduce the risk of fratricide; and (3) driving the technological development and materiel acquisition required to support fratricide reduction efforts. Ultimately, the role of doctrine is not to furnish any final answers, but to provide the impetus to develop innovative and creative solutions to the problem of reducing fratricide on tomorrow's battlefield.


Descriptors :   *DOCTRINE , *FRATRICIDE , AIR FORCE , MATERIEL , RISK , ACQUISITION , IMPACT , TRAINING , PERSIAN GULF , BATTLEFIELDS , DYNAMICS , REDUCTION , PROTECTION , CASUALTIES , FIRE PROTECTION , ARMY , AWARENESS , VIETNAM


Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE