Other Military Operations & Technology
NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV WASHINGTON DC INST FOR NATIONAL STRATEGIC STUDIES
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Other Military Operations OMO missions are typically poorly defined, complex, difficult and dangerous. Unclear mission goals and guidance and a changing environment place great strains on the military forces involved. Technology applications offer opportunities to improve OMO effectiveness and safety. The first OMO technology requirement is for systems that minimize casualties. Next needed are technologies that control levels of violence and that can fill the gap between inaction and the use of deadly force. Needed systems include mine clearing, anti-sniper and language interpretation. The use of advanced technologies in OMO generates training requirements and training opportunities. Technology is not a cure-all, but its innovative use can help to achieve better performance with lower risk of casualties. Technologies considered for OMO must have dual-use capability they must add value to warfighting capability as well as OMO. A variety of systems from low to high technology are in development however, there presently appears to be little or no coordination nor structure in the process. This in turn has led to overlap and duplication of effort.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics