Accession Number:

ADA318898

Title:

Psychological Effects of U.S. Air Operations in Four Wars, 1941 - 1991. Lessons for the Commanders.

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1995-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

240.0

Abstract:

This study suggests ways to maximize the psychological impact of U.S. airpower in future conflicts. It draws on enemy prisoner of war POW interrogations and other data from the Korean, Vietnam, and Persian Gulf wars to analyze the psychological effects of past U.S. air operations against both enemy strategic targets and deployed forces. Among other objectives, the study aims to identify conditions that enhance or limit the psychological effects of air operations, how future U.S. air campaigns and psychological operations PSYOP might be best designed and employed to exploit fully the psychological potential of U.S. airpower, and how the Air Force might increase its own capabilities and role in the psychological dimension of warfare.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
  • Psychology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE