Air Power As A Coercive Instrument
RAND Corporation | August 25, 1999 | ISBN-10: 0833027433 | 173 pages | PDF | 6.11 MB
In Fiscal Year 1997, under the sponsorship of the Air Force AssistantDeputy Chief of Staff for Air and Space Operations and the Air ForceDirector of Strategic Planning, RAND's Project AIR FORCE began atwo-year effort to explore the role of air power in future conflicts.The primary objective of this study was to help the U.S. Air Force(USAF) think about how best to employ air power to meet the evolvingsecurity challenges of the early 21st century. Particular emphasiswas given to ensuring that air power would be relevant across theentire spectrum of crises and conflicts and that it would be effectiveagainst adversaries with diverse economies, cultures, political institutions,and military capabilities.As part of this larger study, members of the research team exploredthe role of air power as a coercive instrument. In recent years, decisionmakershave called on the USAF to play a major role in attemptingto coerce foes in the Persian Gulf, the Horn of Africa, and Europe.Although the United States and the USAF have scored some notablesuccesses, the record is mixed. The purpose of the study reportedhere is to better understand the phenomenon of coercion and learnwhat is necessary to carry it out, anticipate likely constraints on theuse of force, and determine how air power can best be used tocoerce. The report will be of particular interest to USAF and otherDefense Department planners who seek to use force more effectively.The study was conducted as part of the Strategy and Doctrine programof RAND's Project AIR FORCE.PROJECT AIR FORCEProject AIR FORCE, a division of RAND, is the Air Force FederallyFunded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) for studies andanalysis. It provides the USAF with independent analysis of policyalternatives affecting the deployment, employment, combat readiness,and support of current and future air and space forces.Research is performed in four programs: Aerospace Force Development;Manpower, Personnel, and Training; Resource Management;and Strategy and Doctrine.