Accession Number : ADA528918


Title :   When Waves Collide: Future Conflict


Descriptive Note : Journal article


Corporate Author : NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV WASHINGTON DC INST FOR NATIONAL STRATEGIC STUDIES


Personal Author(s) : Szafranski, Richard


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a528918.pdf


Report Date : Jan 1995


Pagination or Media Count : 9


Abstract : What eventualities await the Armed Forces now that myriad dangers have replaced a monolithic threat are unknown. While old habits die hard, the weapons systems of the Gulf War will be relegated to the Reserve components. Naval forces will assume center stage, calling on enhanced airpower and spacepower. Ground forces will be smaller but highly mobile. The Air Force will turn to space or run the risk of extinction. New weapons will be smarter, but some ancient varieties will survive. The United Nations will succeed because it must, and the military may be earmarked for exclusive duty as peacekeepers. Special Operations Forces will bear the brunt of the Nation's violent encounters, but precisely how will remain a mystery. Conflict will be keyed on the behavior that we attempt to ensure or expunge, the precise conditions of combat cessation, and the attributes that we want to prevail in a post-conflict world when waves collide.


Descriptors :   *CONFLICT , *MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES) , AIR FORCE , WEAPON SYSTEMS , OUTSOURCING , MILITARY BUDGETS , BASE CLOSURES , SPACE BASED , MILITARY DOWNSIZING , SPECIAL OPERATIONS FORCES , REPRINTS , MILITARY RESERVES , AIR POWER


Subject Categories : Military Forces and Organizations
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE