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Countering the new terrorism ( Book )
12 editions published between 1998 and 2002 in English and Chinese and held by 1,514 libraries worldwide
The contours of terrorism are changing, and the new terrorism has more diverse sources, motivations, and tactics than the old. It is more lethal, global in reach, and characterized by network forms of organization. Terrorist sponsorship is becoming hazier and "privatized." The August 1998 terrorist bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania fit in many ways the new mold. The chapters in this book trace the evolution of international terrorism against civilian and U.S. military targets, look ahead to where terrorism is going, and assess how it might be contained. Terrorism and counterterrorism are placed in strategic perspective, including how terrorism might be applied as an asymmetric strategy by less-capable adversaries. The report builds on a existing body of RAND research on terrorism and political violence, and makes extensive use of the RAND-St. Andrews Chronology of International Terrorism.
Strategic appraisal the changing role of information in warfare ( Book )
5 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 1,111 libraries worldwide
Advances in information technology have led us to rely on easy communication and readily available information--both in our personal lives and in the life of our nation. For the most part, we have rightly welcomed these changes. But information that is readily available is available to friend and foe alike; a system that relies on communication can become useless if its ability to communicate is interfered with or destroyed. Because this reliance is so general, attacks on the information infrastructure can have widespread effects, both for the military and for society. And such attacks can come from a variety of sources, some difficult or impossible to identify. This, the third volume in the Strategic Appraisal series, draws on the expertise of researchers from across RAND to explore the opportunities and vulnerabilities inherent in the increasing reliance on information technology, looking both at its usefulness to the warrior and the need to protect its usefulness for everyone. The Strategic Appraisal series is intended to review, for a broad audience, issues bearing on national security and defense planning.
Lean logistics high-velocity logistics infrastructure and the C-5 Galaxy by Timothy L Ramey ( Book )
7 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 1,014 libraries worldwide
"This report considers the effects of radically reducing the time required to move and repair aircraft on operation of the C-5 Galaxy airlift aircraft. It is part of a body of research defining and evaluating the concept of Lean Logistics for the U.S. Air Force. The analysis uses Air Force data to drive simulations of C-5 logistics operations and considers peacetime flying programs. This study finds that a high-velocity infrastructure would provide C-5 performance that is the same as or better than that provided by the current infrastructure across a wide range of conditions and circumstances. A high-velocity infrastructure would require only one-sixth the amount of inventory at one-third the cost of the current infrastructure."--Rand website.
The changing role of the U.S. military in space by Daniel Gonzales ( Book )
3 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 994 libraries worldwide
Mastering the ultimate high ground next steps in the military uses of space by Benjamin S Lambeth ( Book )
8 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 979 libraries worldwide
The author assesses the military space challenges that face the Air Force and the nation in light of the findings and recommendations of the congressionally mandated Space Commission, released in January 2001. After reviewing the main milestones in the Air Force's involvement in space since its creation as an independent service in 1947, he examines the circumstances that occasioned the Space Commission's creation, as well as the conceptual and organizational roadblocks that have impeded a more rapid growth of U.S. military space capability. He concludes that the Air Force faces five basic challenges with respect to space: continuing the operational integration of space with the three terrestrial warfighting mediums while ensuring the organizational differentiation of space from Air Force air; effectively wielding its newly granted military space executive-agent status; realizing a transparent DoD-wide budget category for space; showing progress toward fielding a meaningful space control capability while decoupling that progress from any perceived taint of force-application involvement; and making further progress toward developing and nurturing a cadre of skilled space professionals within the Air Force.
Defining a common planning framework for the Air Force ( Book )
8 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 883 libraries worldwide
"Within the Air Force, resourcing requirements and recommended allocations are developed within the Major Commands (MAJCOMs), and the corporate Air Force has few mechanisms that allow it to look across all Air Force requirements and set institutional priorities. RAND was asked to develop a common planning framework that could extend across the Air Force, allow better coordination of requirements and options, incorporate the Air Force "vision," and link to the external environment. The strategies-to-tasks methodology would provide the framework's foundation. Eventually, it was determined that the proposed planning areas were confusing and that all planning and programming should be based in Air Force core competencies. Other means have been implemented to strengthen existing processes to ensure that cross-cutting issues are raised and that horizontal integration across MAJCOMs takes place. Although the Air Force chose not to implement the proposed common planning framework, the effort is documented to contribute to the field of defense planning and programming."--Rand website.
Principles for determining the Air Force active/reserve mix by Albert A Robbert ( Book )
9 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 866 libraries worldwide
Although the mix of active and reserve forces constituting the total Air Force has shifted during the last decade's force drawdown, reductions have not been proportional and may not have taken into consideration effects on other components. This report sets forth a set of principles to help force planners and programmers recognize the implications for the cost, effectiveness, sustainability, and popular and political support of military forces. A framework is provided for integrating the range of considerations that decisionmakers face and for gaining perspective on the arguments voiced by interest groups who hope to influence the force mix. The authors find that cost considerations can cut in opposite directions depending on whether the force is being optimized for major theater war preparedness or for peacetime contingency operations.
Sources of conflict in the 21st century regional futures and U.S. strategy ( Book )
8 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 857 libraries worldwide
As the millenium approaches, defense analysts begin to wonder how many of today's leading adversaries will remain adversaries. Will longstanding allies change their orientation? Who will be called on to intervene, and where? Can we expect stability, or chaos? This book examines current political trends and potential sources of conflict in three critical regions - Asia, the Greater Middle East, and Europe and the former Soviet Union - through the year 2025. The authors describe possible alternative strategic "worlds," including a projection of today's mixed political climate, a more benign world in which the great powers are at peace and are actively cooperative, and a world beset with economic, demographic, and political turmoil. Additional chapters provide a detailed discussion of regional trends and their meaning for strategy and planning. Through thoughtful analysis of current trends and the careful projection of the political-military climate of the future, defense planners will be better equipped to take on the challenges of the 21st century.
Airbase vulnerability to conventional cruise-missile and ballistic-missile attacks technology, scenarios, and U.S. Air Force responses by John Stillion ( Book )
4 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 830 libraries worldwide
As part of a two-year effort to develop an expansive construct of air and space power in the early twenty-first century that capitalizes on forthcoming air and space technologies and concepts of operation and is effective against adversaries with diverse economies, cultures, political institutions, and military capabilities, the research team investigated the possibility that future adversaries might be able to mount effective missile attacks on U.S. Air Force (USAF) main operating bases in critical regions. This report does not assess the relative vulnerabilities of various force elements and facilities; instead, it aids the USAF in addressing a potential vulnerability of its in-theater bases: highly accurate attacks against USAF aircraft on parking ramps at such bases made possible by the proliferation of Global Positioning System (GPS) guidance and submunition warhead technologies. If such attacks are feasible, the current USAF operational concept of high-tempo, parallel strikes from in-theater bases could be put in jeopardy. This report concludes that these guidance and munition technologies could, in fact, put USAF bases at serious risk. The report describes the threat technologies and concept of operation in detail, then explores both short-term responses--such as putting machine-gun teams equipped with night-vision goggles in towers around the bases--and long-term responses--such as operating anywhere in the world from a few secure, hardened, fixed bases with guaranteed access--to these threats.
China's arms sales motivations and implications by Daniel Byman ( Book )
6 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 783 libraries worldwide
China's arms sales have become the focus of considerable attention and pose a moderate threat to U.S. interests. Although Chinese sales have fallen in recent years, and Beijing has become more responsible in the transfer of nuclear, biological, and chemical (NBC) technologies, much progress will be needed to curtail China's behavior. Principal recipients of Chinese arms have been Iran, Iraq, Myanmar, North Korea, Pakistan, and Thailand. These countries and others seek Chinese weapons because they are available, cheap, and easy to use and maintain. In addition to missiles, the Chinese are willing to transfer NBC technology. The United States and other countries do have a modest ability to influence Chinese behavior, and China has increasingly wished to be viewed as a responsible world nation. The analysis supports three major findings about China's arms sale behavior: (1) China's arms transfers not motivated primarily to generate export earnings but by foreign policy considerations; (2) China's government has more control over transfers than some have reported: its weapons export system is quite centralized; and (3) China's adherence to international nonproliferation norms is in fact increasing. Nevertheless, Washington must hedge against the likelihood of sales and develop offsets in concert with allies.
The future security environment in the Middle East conflict, stability, and political change ( Book )
4 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 771 libraries worldwide
This report identifies several important trends that are shaping regional security. It examines traditional security concerns, such as energy security and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, as well as newer challenges posed by political reform, economic reform, civil-military relations, leadership change, and the information revolution. The report concludes by identifying the implications of these trends for U.S. foreign policy.
To find, and not to yield how advances in information and firepower can transform theater warfare ( Book )
2 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 732 libraries worldwide
Absent significant changes in U.S. defense investment priorities, American forces could soon find themselves unable to cope with some emerging challenges in large-scale power projection operations. Specifically, U.S. forces will need better capabilities to secure a foothold in distant theaters, to defeat weapons of mass destruction and their delivery vehicles, to gain control of operations in the air, and to locate and destroy invading ground forces. New surveillance sensors, information processing capabilities, communication systems, and guided munitions are enabling operational concepts that can allow U.S. forces to meet emerging challenges and, indeed, to adopt new approaches to warfare. The authors assess quantitatively the capabilities of U.S. forces in the context of a generic scenario depicting a large-scale war in the next decade. From this, they identify priorities for modernizing U.S. forces. They argue that modernization dollars should be focused on forces and enabling capabilities that allow for decisive operations early in a conflict. If necessary, funds for such enhancements can come from modest reductions in forces that are slower to deploy.
The economy of the Chinese mainland: national income and economic development, 1933-1959 by Ta-chung Liu ( Book )
6 editions published in 1965 in English and held by 674 libraries worldwide
NATO's air war for Kosovo a strategic and operational assessment by Benjamin S Lambeth ( Book )
2 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 637 libraries worldwide
"This book offers a thorough appraisal of Operation Allied Force, NATO's 78-day air war to compel the president of Yugoslavia, Slobodan Milosevic, to end his campaign of "ethnic cleansing" in Kosovo. The author sheds light both on the operation's strengths and on its most salient weaknesses. He outlines the key highlights of the air war and examines the various factors that interacted to induce Milosevic to capitulate when he did. He then explores air power's most critical accomplishments in Operation Allied Force as well as the problems that hindered the operation both in its planning and in its execution. Finally, he assesses Operation Allied Force from a political and strategic perspective, calling attention to those issues that are likely to have the greatest bearing on future military policymaking. The book concludes that the air war, although by no means the only factor responsible for the allies' victory, certainly set the stage for Milosevic's surrender by making it clear that he had little to gain by holding out. It concludes that in the end, Operation Allied Force's most noteworthy distinction may lie in the fact that the allies prevailed despite the myriad impediments they faced."--Rand abstracts.
Air & space power journal ( Serial )
in 3 languages and held by 636 libraries worldwide
Special operations forces and elusive enemy ground targets lessons from Vietnam and the Persian Gulf War by William Rosenau ( Book )
2 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 606 libraries worldwide
Airman ( Serial )
13 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 585 libraries worldwide
Aerospace power journal ( Serial )
in Spanish and English and held by 575 libraries worldwide
Economic dimensions of security in Central Asia by Sergej Mahnovski ( Book )
4 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 564 libraries worldwide
This report assesses the economic dimensions of security in Central Asia, and considers their implications for the role of the United States. Economic development will be crucial to the future of Central Asia and broader U.S. interests in the region. However, it is unclear whether the states in the region have the institutional capacity to implement domestic reform. As the United States clarifies its long-term military relationships and commitments in the region, it should consider the region's economic development itself as a long-term security concern.
Pakistan can the United States secure an insecure state ( Book )
2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 526 libraries worldwide
Describing Pakistan's likely future course, this book seeks to inform U.S. efforts to achieve an effective foreign policy strategy toward the country. The book forms an empirical analysis of developments in Pakistan and an assessment of the effectiveness of U.S. policy as of August 2009. Drawing on interviews of elites, polling data, and statistical data on Pakistan's armed forces, the book presents a political and political-military analysis. Primary data and analyses from Pakistanis and international economic organizations are used in the book's demographic and economic analyses. The book assesses Pakistan's own policies, based on similar sources, on government documents, and on the authors' close reading of the assessments of several outside observers. The book also discusses U.S. policy regarding Pakistan, which was based on interviews with U.S. policymakers and on U.S. policy documents. The policy recommendations are based on an assessment of the findings in all these areas. The book concludes with a number of recommendations for the U.S. government and the U.S. Air Force concerning how the United States could forge a broad yet effective relationship with this complicated state. --Publisher description.
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