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Strategic appraisal : the changing role of information in warfare by Zalmay Khalilzad( )

5 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 2,521 WorldCat member 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
Countering the new terrorism by Ian O Lesser( )

7 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 2,421 WorldCat member 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
Mastering the ultimate high ground : next steps in the military uses of space by Benjamin S Lambeth( )

4 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 2,227 WorldCat member 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
Pakistan : can the United States secure an insecure state? by C. Christine Fair( )

9 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 2,143 WorldCat member 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
NATO's air war for Kosovo : a strategic and operational assessment by Benjamin S Lambeth( )

11 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 2,119 WorldCat member 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
The future security environment in the Middle East : conflict, stability, and political change by Nora Bensahel( )

6 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 2,110 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The security environment in the Middle East has become increasingly complicated during the past decade. This report identifies several important trends that are shaping regional security and identifies their implications for the United States. Many traditional security concerns, such as energy security and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, will remain significant factors in the future. However, ongoing domestic changes throughout the region will become increasingly important as well. Issues such as political reform, economic reform, civil-military relations, leadership change, and the information revolution are all affecting regional security dynamics. This report examines each of these issue areas and identifies some of the challenges that they pose for U.S. foreign policy
Going global? : U.S. government policy and the defense aerospace industry by Mark A Lorell( )

3 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 2,057 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Since the end of the Cold War, a dramatic decline in overall defense authorizations has led both the U.S. aerospace industry and that of Europe to undergo extensive consolidation -- a trend that has led in turn to a significant growth in cross-border business relationships. Yet while globalization has the potential to increase competition, foster innovation, encourage fair pricing, and promote interoperability among NATO allies, it also poses potential challenges, particularly with regard to the proliferation of advanced U.S.-developed military technologies. Accordingly, this report examines a
Assessing Russia's decline : trends and implications for the United States and the U.S. Air Force by Olga Oliker( )

3 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 2,019 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What challenges does today's Russia pose for the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. military as a whole? Certainly Russia cannot present even a fraction of the threat the Soviet monolith posed and for which the United States prepared for decades. Yet, if certain negative trends continue, they may create a new set of dangers that can in some ways prove even more real, and therefore more frightening, than the far-off specter of Russian attack ever was. As a weak state, Russia shares some attributes with "failed" or "failing" states, which the academic literature agrees increase the likelihood of internal and interstate conflict and upheaval. Tracing through the specifics of these processes in Russia reveals a great many additional dangers, both humanitarian and strategic. Moscow's efforts to reassert central control show that much control is already lost, perhaps irretrievably. This is manifested both in center-periphery relations and in the increasing failure of law and order throughout the country, most clearly seen in the increasing institutionalization of corruption and crime. Although Russia's weakened armed forces are unlikely, by temperament and history, to carry out a coup, real concerns exist that the forces may grow less inclined to go along with aspects of government policy, particularly if they are increasingly used as instruments of Internal control as in Chechnya. Moreover, the fact that the Russian military is unlikely to attempt to take power does not mean that it will not seek to increase its influence over policymaking and policy-makers. The uncertainties of military command and control threaten the possibility of accidental (or intentional) nuclear weapon use, while deterioration in the civilian nuclear sector increases the risk of a tragic accident
Dangerous thresholds : managing escalation in the 21st century by Forrest E Morgan( )

7 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 2,008 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Escalation is a natural tendency in any form of human competition. When such competition entails military confrontation or war, the pressure to escalate can become intense due to the potential cost of losing contests of deadly force. Cold War-era thinking about escalation focused on the dynamics of bipolar, superpower confrontation and strategies to control it. Today's security environment, however, demands that the United States be prepared for a host of escalatory threats involving not only longstanding nuclear powers, but also new, lesser nuclear powers and irregular adversaries, such as insurgent groups and terrorists. This examination of escalation dynamics and approaches to escalation management draws on historical examples from World War I to the struggle against global jihad. It reveals that, to manage the risks of escalatory chain reactions in future conflicts, military and political leaders will need to understand and dampen the mechanisms of deliberate, accidental, and inadvertent escalation. Informing the analysis are the results of two modified Delphi exercises, which focused on a potential conflict between China and the United States over Taiwan and a potential conflict between states and nonstate actors in the event of a collapse of Pakistan's government."--Jacket
Special operations forces and elusive enemy ground targets : lessons from Vietnam and the Persian Gulf War by William Rosenau( )

6 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 1,980 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Special operations forces can be effective where conventional ground units and air power alone cannot locate elusive or hidden ground targets. This title highlights specific examples in the Vietnam War and the Persian Gulf conflict as well as examining future roles for SOF
Economic dimensions of security in Central Asia by Sergej Mahnovski( )

11 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 1,974 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This report assesses the economic dimensions of security in post-Soviet Central Asia and considers their implications for the role of the United States. The September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States led to the realization among policymakers that instability, failed and failing states, and economic and political underdevelopment present security concerns not just to the states that suffer directly from these problems but to the global community as a whole. In this regard, Central Asia may be at a crossroads, as demonstrated by the so-called "Tulip Revolution" in Kyrgyzstan and the unrest
Recasting NATO's strategic concept : possible directions for the United States by Christopher S Chivvis( )

6 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 1,948 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"To address its security challenges, the United States needs the active support of its allies. This means, in particular, ensuring that the states of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) remain able and willing to make a contribution to resolving their common security problems wherever possible. The revision of NATO's strategic concept offers an excellent opportunity to further this aim. It is a chance to build consensus about the future and thereby steer the alliance in a direction that will help keep it relevant. This paper examines five possible directions--refocus on Europe, new focus on the greater Middle East, focus on fragile states, focus on nonstate threats, and a global alliance of liberal democracies--the alliance might adopt, assessing them against certain key political and military criteria. It offers those involved in the rewrite both a range of potential options and a preliminary assessment of the feasibility and potential implications of each. The purpose is to encourage debate around the major, concrete problems that member states face."--RAND web site
Lean logistics : high-velocity logistics infrastructure and the C-5 Galaxy by Timothy L Ramey( )

4 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 1,933 WorldCat member 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
Sources of conflict in the 21st century : regional futures and U.S. strategy by Zalmay Khalilzad( )

12 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 1,930 WorldCat member 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
The changing role of the U.S. military in space by Daniel Gonzales( )

3 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 1,901 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This report reviews the dramatic changes occurring in the commercial and foreign space sectors, the ways in which emerging commercial space capabilities can be used by the U.S. military, and what advantages adversaries may gain by exploiting those same capabilities. These changes in the space environment present the Department of Defense (DoD) with opportunities and challenges- challenges and opportunities that are examined in this report with particular reference to the space control mission area. This report should be of interest to Air Force and DoD leaders, planners, and strategists who are concerned with the use of space assets by the U.S. military and potential adversaries, and those engaged in emerging commercial and foreign space capabilities and in the space control mission area
Space weapons : earth wars by Robert Preston( )

9 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 1,897 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This overview aims to inform the public discussion of space-based weapons by examining their characteristics, potential attributes, limitations, legality, and utility. The authors do not argue for or against space weapons, nor do they estimate the potential costs and performance of specific programs, but instead sort through the realities and myths surrounding space weapons in order to ensure that debates and discussions are based on fact
Airbase vulnerability to conventional cruise-missile and ballistic-missile attacks : technology, scenarios, and U.S. Air Force responses by John Stillion( )

5 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 1,883 WorldCat member 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
Dangerous but not omnipotent : exploring the reach and limitations of Iranian power in the Middle East by Frederic M Wehrey( )

7 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 1,851 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In an analysis grounded in the observation that although Iranian power projection is marked by strengths, it also has serious liabilities and limitations, this report surveys the nature of both in four critical areas and offers a new U.S. policy paradigm that seeks to manage the challenges Iran presents through the exploitation of regional barriers to its power and sourcesof caution in the regime's strategic calculus
NATO's Eastern agenda in a new strategic era by F. Stephen Larrabee( )

3 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 1,811 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With the conclusion of the Prague summit, NATO faces a number of new challenges in its Eastern agenda. First, it must ensure that the democratic transitions in Central and Eastern Europe are consolidated and that there is no backsliding. These countries must modernize their military forces and make them interoperable with those of NATO. Second, NATO, must remain engaged in and ensure the security of the Baltic states. The problem of Kaliningrad should be addressed and the enclave stabilized. Third, NATO needs to develop a post-enlargement strategy for Ukraine to support the country's continued democratic evolution and integration into Euro-Atlantic structures. Fourth, Russia must be incorporated into a broader European and Euro-Atlantic security framework. Finally, NATO needs to develop a coherent strategy toward the Caucasus and Central Asia. The Partnership for Peace can provide the framework for developing relations with these countries. Other U.S. and NATO polices can encourage greater openness, reform, and democratic practices. These challenges, moreover, must be addressed in a new strategic context. In the post-Prague period, the key issue is NATO's transformation and its strategic purpose: What should its missions and strategic rationale be?
China's arms sales : motivations and implications by Daniel Byman( )

4 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 1,781 WorldCat member 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
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Countering the new terrorism
Countering the new terrorismMastering the ultimate high ground : next steps in the military uses of spacePakistan : can the United States secure an insecure state?NATO's air war for Kosovo : a strategic and operational assessmentThe future security environment in the Middle East : conflict, stability, and political changeGoing global? : U.S. government policy and the defense aerospace industryAssessing Russia's decline : trends and implications for the United States and the U.S. Air ForceDangerous thresholds : managing escalation in the 21st century
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controlled identityUnited States. Army Air Forces

controlled identityUnited States. Department of the Air Force

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Aerfhórsa na Stát Aontaithe


AF (Air force)

AF (Air Force : U.S.)

AF (Air Force, US)

Air Force.

Air Force (Spojené státy americké)

Air Force U.S.

Air Force United States

Air Force (US)

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Ameerika Ühendriikide õhujõud

Amerika Birleşik Devletleri Hava Kuvvetleri

Amerikaanse Lugmag Amerikaanse gewapende magte wat verantwoordelik is vir oorlogvoering in die lug

Ameriketako Estatu Batuetako Aire Armada

Angkatan Udara Amerika Serikat cabang peperangan udara dari militer Amerika Serikat

Angkatan Udaro Amerika Sarikat cabang paparangan udaro dari militer Amerika Sarikat

ASV Gaisa spēki

Awyrlu'r Unol Daleithiau

Az Amerikai Egyesült Államok Légiereje

Bí-kok Khong-kun

Civitatum Foederatarum Americae Aeris Exercitus

Estados Unidos Department of the Air Force

États-Unis Air Force (08)

Etats-Unis Department of defense Department of the air force

Etats-Unis Department of the air force Air force

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Força Aérea dos Estados Unidos

Força Aérea dos Estados Unidos USAF

Força Aèria dels Estats Units d'Amèrica

Forza Aérea dos Estados Unidos de América

Fuercia Aérea de los Estaos Xuníos

Fuerza Aérea de los Estados Unidos Rama Aerea de las Fuerzas Armadas de los Estados Unidos de América

Hezên esmanî yên Amerîkayê

Jungtinės Valstijos Air Force

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Letectvo Spojených států amerických složka Ozbrojených sil Spojených států amerických

Ratno zrakoplovstvo SAD-a

Ratno zrakoplovstvo Sjedinjenih Država

Sjedinjene Američke Države. Air Force

Spojené státy americké Air Force

Spojené státy americké. Dept. of the Air Force. Air Force

Stany Zjednoczone. Air Force

Tentera Udara Amerika Syarikat

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U.S. Air Force Department

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United States Air Force

United States Air Force aeronautica militare degli Stati Uniti d'America

United States Air Force Amerikas forente staters luftforsvar

United States Air Force branche aérienne des forces armées des États-Unis

United States Air Force de Amerikaanse luchtmacht

United States Air Force Luftwaffe der Streitkräfte der Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika

United States Air Force siły powietrzne Stanów Zjednoczonych

United States Department of the Air Force

United States. Department of the Air Force. Air Force

United States Dept. of the Air Force. Air Force

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USAF (United States Air Force)

Usona Aerarmeo

Vojno letalstvo Združenih držav Amerike

Yhdysvaltain ilmavoimat Yhdysvaltain asevoimien puolustushaara

Zračne snage SAD-a

Αμερικανική Πολεμική Αεροπορία

АКШ Хәрби-һава көчләре

Америчко ратно ваздухопловство

ваенна-паветраныя сілы ЗША

Вайскова-паветраныя сілы ЗША

Военно-воздушные силы США авиационное подразделение армии США

Военновъздушни сили на Съединените американски щати

Воено воздухопловство на САД

військово-повітряні сили США

Нерӯи ҳавоии Иёлоти Муттаҳидаи Амрико

ԱՄՆ ռազմաօդային ուժեր

אמעריקאנער לופטפלאט

ארצות הברית. צבא. חיל האויר

חיל האוויר של ארצות הברית זרוע האוויר של הכוחות המזוינים של ארצות הברית

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