Counter-WMD Concepts of Operations at U.S. and Allied Air Bases
AIR UNIV MAXWELL AFB AL
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In the face of U.S. military superiority, potential adversaries have begun to turn to asymmetrical means as a way to counter that capability. Our adversaries understand that U.S.-led coalitions will dominate the battlespace, if given the opportunity to flow their forces. Likewise, adversaries may try to inflict casualties on U.S. and allied forces early in the conflict in an attempt to make the coalition lose its will to fight. Such attacks are likely to include one or more elements of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and high-yield explosives CBRNE warfare. Recent events such as the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the subsequent dispersal of anthrax-contaminated letter threats, North Koreas October 2002 declaration of the reactivation of their nuclear facilities and missile testing programs, and the threat, fortunately unrealized, of Iraqi use of chemical and biological weapons against coalition forces in Operation Iraqi Freedom, highlighted the specter of weapons of mass destruction WMD use and brought it to the forefront of our national security challenge as well as our national interest. Of equal concern is the availability of an extensive range of advanced weapons and technologies, dual-use production and storage facilities, and scientifictechnical know how that has accelerated the proliferation of WMD capabilities.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
- Unconventional Warfare
- Nuclear Weapons