Accession Number:

ADP003256

Title:

A Summary of the Psychological Effects of Tactical Nuclear Warfare

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

AIR FORCE ACADEMY COLORADO SPRINGS CO

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1984-04-01

Pagination or Media Count:

5.0

Abstract:

The psychological component of the response of combat troops to tactical nuclear warfare is a troublesome variable which plagues military planners and commanders responsible for the preparation of the armed forces for the eventuality that nuclear weapons might one day be used in armed conflict. The devastating physical effects of nuclear weapons have been extensively documented and the biological response of animals and humans to radiation has also been well studied, but very little is known concerning the probable effects of experiencing a nuclear attack, upon the emotional stability, morale, and motivation of soldiers to perform their assigned duties. The literature addressing this topic has been reviewed and evaluated as part of the Defense Nuclear Agencys Intermediate Dose Program. A summary of the report resulting from this effort is presented herein. The full literature review and accompanying bibliography are available from the author upon request.

Subject Categories:

  • Nuclear Warfare
  • Psychology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE