Coralling the Trojan Horse: A Proposal for Improving U.S. by Russell Glenn

By Russell Glenn

This learn offers a substitute for persisted reliance on shut strive against city operations paradigms that require a dedication of enormous numbers of infantrymen to city activities. It has six collectively reinforcing, principally simultaneous elements: intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance improvements; denial of entry; nodal operations; noncombatant keep an eye on; selective dominance; and post-conflict sustainment. even though the research mostly specializes in strive against operations, those components also are appropriate to serving pursuits inherent in the course of balance and help missions, no matter if those are a part of a bigger wrestle contingency or themselves dominate activities within the theater of operations. The interval thought of is 2000-2025. there's continuity inherent within the research. it really is famous that attaining the specified finish nation of a miles superior method of engaging in city operations calls for slightly constant financial rules, technological improvement, and chief aid over that span of years.

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This briefing has outlined one; good analysis demands creation of others. If the United States is to move away from the close combat paradigm, there must be a presentation of competing approaches.

Many countries have produced fuel-air explosive bombs that may be air or rocket delivered. They spread a mixture of fuel vapor over a large area and then ignite it, producing a strong shock wave. At close range, such munitions can disable weapons and kill soldiers. They can incapacitate at longer ranges or when effects are mitigated by obstacles. The effects may be reduced or magnified by structures, depending on the location of the target, building materials, and other factors. Fuel-air weapons come in a number of forms, from indirectfire systems to the “Shmel,” a shoulder-fired rocket launcher similar to an RPG in appearance.

Robotic ground platforms have special applicability to high risk/close combat tasks. Smaller and more stealthy than many manned systems, they should be more difficult to detect and destroy. They are in many cases less affected by nonlethal systems such as acoustic weapons and incapacitants. Unlike humans, they can be used to intentionally draw fire to expose enemy positions. However, there remain a number of policy issues regarding the incorporation of autonomous lethal capabilities in autonomous systems.

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