Landmine Warfare in Support of Multi-domain Battle: Balancing Discrimination and Military Effectiveness
Technical Report,05 Aug 2016,25 May 2017
US Army School for Advanced Military Studies Fort Leavenworth United States
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From the development of FASCAM in support of Air Land Battle through the latest Presidential Directive that prohibited the use of antipersonnel mines by the Department of Defense, the United States has pursued policy changes to landmine warfare with the goal of increasing the discrimination of the system while utilizing technological advances to maintain its counter-mobility capability. As a result, todays operational commander has fewer viable munitions and delivery systems to execute minelaying operations across the US Joint Force, creating a capability gap in addition to truncating operational reach. The recent transition to MDB increases the utility of landmines for counter-mobility, requiring that this capability gap be addressed. Ongoing efforts to address the gap are making progress, but they remain incomplete and potentially too reliant on the technological promise of networked munitions.
- Land Mine Warfare