Accession Number:

ADA234166

Title:

Awaiting an Enemy: The Operational Significance of Politically Induced Force Reductions to Parity in Central Europe

Descriptive Note:

Monograph rept. AY 1989/1990

Corporate Author:

ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1990-05-10

Pagination or Media Count:

63.0

Abstract:

History is replete with evidence of how change in political economic, and social conditions forge alterations in a nations military posture. Today, the forces of change are rampant, especially in NATOs Central European theater. Recent Conventional Forces in Europe CFE arms reduction proposals have rekindled disarmament debate and have caused the military leadership to reassess Alliance defense initiatives in view of vague changing conditions. This monograph examines how the CFE negotiations will impact on future military operations. The studys primary focus will analyze how post-CFE treaty limitations e.g. geographic dispersion and parity between NATO and WP forces will tend to influence two broad operational concepts of warfare--war by maneuver or by attrition. Naturally, both concepts are important, interrelated, and situationally dependent however, a shifting emphasis may be warranted to properly align military operations with the ends of national policy.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE