The Resource Air power as a coercive instrument, Daniel L. Byman, Matthew C. Waxman, Eric Larson

Air power as a coercive instrument, Daniel L. Byman, Matthew C. Waxman, Eric Larson

Label
Air power as a coercive instrument
Title
Air power as a coercive instrument
Statement of responsibility
Daniel L. Byman, Matthew C. Waxman, Eric Larson
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Contributor
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Coercion--the use of threatened force to induce an adversary to change its behavior--is a critical function of the U.S. military. U.S. forces have recently fought in the Balkans, the Persian Gulf, and the Horn of Africa to compel recalcitrant regimes and warlords to stop repression, abandon weapons programs, permit humanitarian relief, and otherwise modify their actions. Yet despite its overwhelming military might, the United States often fails to coerce successfully. This report examines the phenomenon of coercion and how air power can contribute to its success. Three factors increase the likelihood of successful coercion: (1) the coercer's ability to raise the costs it imposes while denying the adversary the chance to respond (escalation dominance); (2) an ability to block an adversary's military strategy for victory; and (3) an ability to magnify third-party threats, such as internal instability or the danger posed by another enemy. Domestic political concerns (such as casualty sensitivity) and coalition dynamics often constrain coercive operations and impair the achievement of these conditions. Air power can deliver potent and credible threats that foster the above factors while neutralizing adversary countercoercive moves. When the favorable factors are absent, however, air power--or any other military instrument--will probably fail to coerce. Policymakers' use of coercive air power under inauspicious conditions diminishes the chances of using it elsewhere when the prospects of success would be greater
Cataloging source
N$T
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1967-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Byman, Daniel
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
UG633
LC item number
.B94 1999eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
  • 1972-
  • 1957-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Waxman, Matthew C.
  • Larson, Eric V.
  • JSTOR Open Access
  • Project Air Force (U.S.)
  • Rand Corporation
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Air power
  • Air power
  • Military planning
  • TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE
  • Air power
  • Military doctrine
  • Air Force
  • Coercive force
  • Air power
  • Military planning
  • United States
Label
Air power as a coercive instrument, Daniel L. Byman, Matthew C. Waxman, Eric Larson
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • "Project Air Force, Rand."
  • "MR-1061-AF."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 161-174)
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xviii, 174 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780833048288
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
illustrations
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
22573/ctt2s8n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)44964157
  • (OCoLC)ocm44964157
Label
Air power as a coercive instrument, Daniel L. Byman, Matthew C. Waxman, Eric Larson
Publication
Note
  • "Project Air Force, Rand."
  • "MR-1061-AF."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 161-174)
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xviii, 174 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780833048288
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
illustrations
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
22573/ctt2s8n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)44964157
  • (OCoLC)ocm44964157

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