Accession Number:

AD0707504

Title:

A NOTE ON TACTICAL VS. STRATEGIC AIR INTERDICTION,

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1970-04-01

Pagination or Media Count:

16.0

Abstract:

The brief note argues that battle relevance rather than battlefield proximity is the useful criterion in distinguishing between tactical and strategic air interdiction. Tactical interdiction as defined here has to do with target systems having payoffs directly and immediately related to the success of friendly ground forces, whereas strategic interdiction has to do with target systems having payoffs that are only indirectly and in the long term related to ground force success. Tactical is related to a particular battle strategic to a campaign or even the war as a whole. This distinction is contrasted with the close-versus-deep dichotomy now favored by some analysts. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE