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By Seth G. Jones,Keith Crane,Daniel Byman,John G. McGinn,Rollie Lal,Ian O. Lesser

ISBN-10: 0833027433

ISBN-13: 9780833027436

Coercion--the use of threatened strength to urge an adversary to alter its behavior--is a serious functionality of the U.S. army. U.S. forces have lately fought within the Balkans, the Persian Gulf, and the Horn of Africa to compel recalcitrant regimes and warlords to forestall repression, abandon guns courses, enable humanitarian aid, and another way regulate their activities. but regardless of its overwhelming army may possibly, the us frequently fails to coerce effectively. This record examines the phenomenon of coercion and the way air energy can give a contribution to its good fortune. 3 elements elevate the possibility of winning coercion: (1) the coercer's skill to elevate the prices it imposes whereas denying the adversary the opportunity to reply (escalation dominance); (2) a capability to dam an adversary's army approach for victory; and (3) a capability to exaggerate third-party threats, comparable to inner instability or the chance posed by means of one other enemy. family political matters (such as casualty sensitivity) and coalition dynamics frequently constrain coercive operations and impair the success of those stipulations. Air strength can carry effective and credible threats that foster the above elements whereas neutralizing adversary countercoercive strikes. whilst the favorable components are absent, although, air power--or the other army instrument--will most likely fail to coerce. Policymakers' use of coercive air strength below inauspicious stipulations diminishes the possibilities of utilizing it in different places whilst the customers of good fortune will be greater.

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