Operational Impact of the U.S. Anti-Personnel Land Mine Ban.
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI
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On March 1, 1999, the Ottawa Mine Ban Treaty the Convention on the Prohibition, Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on Their Destruction went into force. The NCA directed that the Department of Defense have alternatives to anti-personnel land APL mines in place so that by the year 2006 we end the use of all APL mines. It is unlikely alternative new technologies will be fully fielded by this date. This paper discusses the factors which led the President to direct the elimination of all anti-personnel land mines. The paper argues that the current DoD-wide assumption that the U.S. will retain self-destructing anti-personnel land mines in its arsenal is incorrect and presents operational implications of an APL ban without fielded alternatives.
- Land Mine Warfare