Denying Access to an Area and Controlling Enemy Movement: Alternatives to Land Mines.
MILITARY ACADEMY WEST POINT NY OPERATIONS RESEARCH CENTER
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The Area Denial design group of Stephen E. Douglas, Michael T. Golden, Franklin B. Scherra, Jr., Bryan J. Wiley, Mike Talbot, and Eric R. Swenson, has designed a system that will limit access to an area and constrain the movement of the enemy forces. Several types of land mines are in use today that fall under the anti-tank or anti-personnel categories. These mines can be employed in many different manners. Some require aerial dispersal while others have to be deployed manually. Land mines are an effective means to delay, fix, disrupt, deny, turn, or destroy enemy forces in combat. However, unrecovered conventional land mines pose a threat because they remain armed after the conflict ends. Currently, several nations are proposing to ban anti-personnel land mines that do not self-destruct or can not be command detonated. We assume the political pressure against land mines will eventually encompass both anti-personnel and anti-tank mines. The mounting political pressure against land mines has forced the United States to look for alternatives to deny enemy force 5 access to specific areas. The objective of our group was to provide alternative area denial systems to replace the conventional land mine. Our most promising alternative deals with the Intelligent Wide Area Munitions IWAM because of the extensive work that has already been done on that system.
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