International Law and the Politics of Urban Air Operations / Edition 1

International Law and the Politics of Urban Air Operations / Edition 1

by Matthew C. Waxman
     
 

Urban environments pose many difficulties for those planning and conducting military operations within the boundaries of international law and self-imposed political constraints. Whereas the speed and agility of air power, plus its ability to deliver firepower precisely (and with relatively low risk to U.S. personnel), may make it the instrument of choice, the… See more details below

Overview

Urban environments pose many difficulties for those planning and conducting military operations within the boundaries of international law and self-imposed political constraints. Whereas the speed and agility of air power, plus its ability to deliver firepower precisely (and with relatively low risk to U.S. personnel), may make it the instrument of choice, the heightened risk of collateral damage when operating in urban environments partially offsets U.S. technological superiority.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780833028167
Publisher:
RAND Corporation
Publication date:
05/05/2000
Pages:
80
Product dimensions:
6.02(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.26(d)
Lexile:
1860L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Preface
Figures
Summary
Acknowledgments
Ch. 1Introduction1
Ch. 2The Law of Armed Conflict and Urban Air Operations5
The International Legal Regime: Fundamental Concepts7
International Legal Constraints on Air Operations11
The Challenge of Urban Environments18
Ch. 3Political Constraints on Urban Operations25
American Casualty Sensitivity26
Sensitivity to Collateral Damage and Civilian Suffering28
Restrictive Rules of Engagement and Targeting31
Coalition Operations and Military Operations Other Than War38
Ch. 4The Dynamics of Asymmetrical Constraints and Adversary Exploitation43
Propaganda and the Asymmetry of Constraints45
The Dynamics of Constraints and Adversary Incentives to Breach46
Urban Environments and Adversary Exploitation of Asymmetrical Constraints48
Ch. 5Technology and Future Constraints on Urban Air Operations55
Precision Technology56
Informational Capabilities60
Nonlethal Weapons, Electronic/Information Warfare, and Limited-Effects Munitions63
Ch. 6Conclusion69
Bibliography73

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