Underkill: Scalable Capabilities for Military Operations amid Populations [NOOK Book]

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The U.S. military is ill-equipped to strike at extremists who hide in populations. Using deadly force against them can harm and alienate the very people whose cooperation U.S. forces are trying to earn. To solve this problem, a new RAND study proposes a "continuum of force"--a suite of capabilities that includes sound, light, lasers, cell phones, and video cameras. These technologies are available but have received insufficient attention.
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Overview


The U.S. military is ill-equipped to strike at extremists who hide in populations. Using deadly force against them can harm and alienate the very people whose cooperation U.S. forces are trying to earn. To solve this problem, a new RAND study proposes a "continuum of force"--a suite of capabilities that includes sound, light, lasers, cell phones, and video cameras. These technologies are available but have received insufficient attention.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780833047120
  • Publisher: RAND Corporation, The
  • Publication date: 11/26/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 168
  • File size: 9 MB

Meet the Author

David Gompert (Master of Public Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University) is formerly president of RAND Europe and Vice President at RAND. He has held a variety of positions at the State Department and White House, including Senior Director for Europe and Eurasia on the National Security Council staff. He is currently Director of National Security in the Iraq Coalition Provisional Authority.

John Gordon IV (Currently enrolled in the Public Policy PhD program at George Mason University) is a RAND researcher.

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Table of Contents

Preface iii

Figures xi

Tables xiii

Summary xv

Acknowledgments xxvii

Abbreviations xxix

Chapter 1 Introduction 1

Framing the Challenge 1

Current DoD Nonlethal Weapons Programs 7

Chapter 2 The Policy Setting 11

The Void Between Lethality and Inaction 11

Missions Sans Martyrs 13

Non-COIN Missions 15

Humanitarian Intervention 16

Peacekeeping 18

Protection of U.S. Personnel and Property 20

Quelling Civil Disturbance 21

Conclusions 23

Chapter 3 Possibilities 27

Stretching Our Thinking 27

Time, Knowledge, and Judgment Along the Continuum 28

Nonmilitary Experience 32

Technological Possibilities 37

Taking Stock 38

Chapter 4 Requirements 41

Developing Requirements 41

The General Analytic Framework 65

(1) Types of Persons Engaged 65

(2) Numbers of Persons Engaged 66

(3) Types of Effects Desired 66

(4) Intensity of Effects Desired 67

A Matrix of Requirements 67

Confronting Uncertainty 68

Initial Effects 71

Decision-Making 75

Analyzing the Scenarios 77

Conclusions 79

Chapter 5 Technology Options 83

The Active Denial System 83

Tasers 85

Dazzlers 86

Femto-Second Lasers 87

Sound Arrays 89

Kinetics 89

Tear Gas 90

Anti-Electronics 92

Flash-Bangs 92

General Observations 93

Chapter 6 A Promising Approach 95

Assessing the Alternatives 95

A Promising Approach 98

Adding an Information Component: Cell Phones and Video 102

Political Realities, Reactions, and Risks 105

Assessment 109

Chapter 7 Operation, Preparation, and Organization 111

Notional Concept of Operation 111

Preparation and Organization 117

Chapter 8 Feasibility, Integration, and Implementation 123

Feasibility 123

Integration125

Investment and Implementation 127

Chapter 9 Conclusion and Recommendations 131

Bibliography 135

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