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International law and the politics of urban air operations

Author: Matthew C Waxman; Project Air Force (U.S.)
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : Rand, 2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Urban environments pose enormous difficulties for those planning and conducting military operations within the boundaries of international law and self-imposed political constraints. To help the Air Force develop concepts of operation to conduct joint urban military operations effectively and at lower risk to U.S. forces, this report examines the legal and political context within which urban air operations would  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Matthew C Waxman; Project Air Force (U.S.)
ISBN: 0833028162 9780833028167
OCLC Number: 43751803
Notes: At head of title: Project Air Force.
"Prepared for the United States Air Force."
"MR-1175-AF"--Page 4 of cover.
Description: xvii, 80 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: The Law of Armed Conflict and Urban Air Operations --
The International Legal Regime: Fundamental Concepts --
International Legal Constraints on Air Operations --
The Challenge of Urban Environments --
Population Density and Geographical Proximity --
Shared Military-Civilian Resources --
Media Coverage --
Political Constraints on Urban Operations --
American Casualty Sensitivity --
Sensitivity to Collateral Damage and Civilian Suffering --
Restrictive Rules of Engagement and Targeting --
Coalition Operations and Military Operations Other Than War --
Coalitions and Diplomatic Constraints --
MOOTW and Additional Constraints --
The Dynamics of Asymmetrical Constraints and Adversary Explottation --
Propaganda and the Asymmetry of Constraints --
The Dynamics of Constraints and Adversary Incentives to Breach --
Urban Environments and Adversary Exploitation of Asymmetrical Constraints --
Technology and Future Constraints on Urban Air Operations --
Precision Technology --
Informational Capabilities --
Nonlethal Weapons, Electronic/Information Warfare, and Limited-Effects Munitions.
Responsibility: Matthew C. Waxman.
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Urban environments pose enormous difficulties for those planning and conducting military operations within the boundaries of international law and self-imposed political constraints. To help the Air Force develop concepts of operation to conduct joint urban military operations effectively and at lower risk to U.S. forces, this report examines the legal and political context within which urban air operations would take place.

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