Accession Number:

ADA415439

Title:

Chemical and Biological Warfare: A Manageable Problem

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.

Corporate Author:

NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2003-01-27

Pagination or Media Count:

26.0

Abstract:

This paper is about CBW and CS weapons effects on U.S. military operations. Areas researched include the foundation of CBW concern, practical problems limitations with CB weapon delivery, and hypothetical CBW combat scenarios Desert Storm 1991 and Desert Storm 2003. The intent is to provide combat forces with a logical and realistic framework to accurately assess the CB threat enabling a proper balance of force protection and mission accomplishment. The United States military is well-prepared to conduct operations in the CBW environment and CB weapons will have minimal impact on combat effectiveness. Contrary to what some would have us believe, effective dispersal of CB agents is not as simple as filling a crop-duster with sarin gas or anthrax spores and spraying troops in the open. Besides the negative political aspects, there are significant practical difficulties incorporating CBW into a useful military course of action. History shows that CB weapons have had the greatest impact on unprotected, poorly trained, and ill disciplined ground forces. Even so, the CB contribution has been small or even negligible to the overall outcome of the conflict.

Subject Categories:

  • Chemical, Biological and Radiological Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE