Accession Number : ADA264170


Title :   The Environment as an Operational Center of Gravity


Descriptive Note : Final rept.,


Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI


Personal Author(s) : Bersson, Thomas F


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a264170.pdf


Report Date : 22 Feb 1993


Pagination or Media Count : 37


Abstract : The increasing influence of environmentalism on the military is analyzed with an emphasis on ecological trends and factors that effect the operational commander. An analysis is conducted to determine the ecological factors within society, government, and international law that impact armed conflict. The potential of means and methods of warfare to damage the environment is described from an historical and ecological domain (air, land, water, and living organisms) perspective. The importance of operational commanders making environmentally sound decisions is determined to be a key component of public support. The growing knowledge of the impact of environmental degradation and the decreasing global threat mean the operational commanders will need to consider the environmental ramifications during target and weapons selection. A list of ecological considerations is provided for the operational commander....DoD and the Environment in the 1990's, Ecological Warfare, Limitations on the Operational Commander.


Descriptors :   *MILITARY OPERATIONS , *DECISION MAKING , *ECOLOGY , *ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT , WEAPONS , WARFARE , DEGRADATION , REDUCTION , INTERNATIONAL LAW , CONFLICT , ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT , SOCIETIES , DAMAGE , GLOBAL , ENVIRONMENTS


Subject Categories : Ecology
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE