Hit'em Where It Hurts: Strategic Attack in 2025
AIR WAR COLL MAXWELL AFB AL
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In the year 2025, advances in technology should allow air and space assets to affect an adversary anytime, anywhere. The ultimate goal of strategic attack is to conduct operations to a point where the enemy no longer retains the ability or will to wage war or carry out aggressive activity. Employing a hit em where it hurts philosophy, 2025 strategic attack operations run the gamut from traditional, highly destructive, force-on-force encounters to much less invasive, but very effective, computer-based warfare. The diverse nature of potential adversaries, and the vast amount of information pertaining to them, requires an integrated approach to protecting American and allied security interests. Technological advances will enable all levels of leadership to successfully deal with the vast volumes of information in ways not envisioned or realized in the past. These advances will make it possible to accurately determine and engage an adversarys locus of Values LOV. The LOV is that which an adversary holds dear, and which if influenced or threatened would affect the enemys ability or will to carry out covert or overt aggression against the United States. LOVs are hard or soft. Hard LOVs are physical things militaries, weapons of mass destruction, or industries. Soft LOVs are intangible things Systems, knowledge, or ways of thinking. LOVs are engaged immediately or never, lethally or nonlethally, directly or indirectly. Each strategic situation is unique, yet in every case, the force applied against an LOV focuses on a strategic effect. The key elements of strategic attack in 2025 are system analysis, target acquisition, target engagement, and feedback. Each phase is integrated and connected in virtual real time with the others through an organic integrated system directed to, and interpreted by, human decision makers.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics