Warning Time for U.S. Forces' Responses to Situations: A Selective Study
CNA Corporation Alexandria United States
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The issue is whether warning times for U.S. responses to situations are so short that the U.S. must maintain forces overseasat land bases or at seain order to respond in a timely manner. We judged the length of warning time crudely from the time a situation broke on the world scene until a U.S. operation began. As described below, breaking on the world scene might be an incident or attack happening out of the blue, but more often involves a precipitating incident in a local situation in which the U.S. Government did not contemplate military intervention when the situation first appeared e.g., Lebanon.