Underkill Scalable Capabilities for Military Operations Amid Populations

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  • Copyright: 2009-05-16
  • Publisher: RAND Corporation
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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.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. iii
Figuresp. xi
Tablesp. xiii
Summaryp. xv
Acknowledgmentsp. xxvii
Abbreviationsp. xxix
Introductionp. 1
Framing the Challengep. 1
Current DoD Nonlethal Weapons Programsp. 7
The Policy Settingp. 11
The Void Between Lethality and Inactionp. 11
Missions Sans Martyrsp. 13
Non-COIN Missionsp. 15
Humanitarian Interventionp. 16
Peacekeepingp. 18
Protection of U.S. Personnel and Propertyp. 20
Quelling Civil Disturbancep. 21
Conclusionsp. 23
Possibilitiesp. 27
Stretching Our Thinkingp. 27
Time, Knowledge, and Judgment Along the Continuump. 28
Nonmilitary Experiencep. 32
Technological Possibilitiesp. 37
Taking Stockp. 38
Requirementsp. 41
Developing Requirementsp. 41
The General Analytic Frameworkp. 65
(1) Types of Persons Engagedp. 65
(2) Numbers of Persons Engagedp. 66
(3) Types of Effects Desiredp. 66
(4) Intensity of Effects Desiredp. 67
A Matrix of Requirementsp. 67
Confronting Uncertaintyp. 68
Initial Effectsp. 71
Decision-Makingp. 75
Analyzing the Scenariosp. 77
Conclusionsp. 79
Technology Optionsp. 83
The Active Denial Systemp. 83
Tasersp. 85
Dazzlersp. 86
Femto-Second Lasersp. 87
Sound Arraysp. 89
Kineticsp. 89
Tear Gasp. 90
Anti-Electronicsp. 92
Flash-Bangsp. 92
General Observationsp. 93
A Promising Approachp. 95
Assessing the Alternativesp. 95
A Promising Approachp. 98
Adding an Information Component: Cell Phones and Videop. 102
Political Realities, Reactions, and Risksp. 105
Assessmentp. 109
Operation, Preparation, and Organizationp. 111
Notional Concept of Operationp. 111
Preparation and Organizationp. 117
Feasibility, Integration, and Implementationp. 123
Feasibilityp. 123
Integrationp. 125
Investment and Implementationp. 127
Conclusion and Recommendationsp. 131
Bibliographyp. 135
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