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Responsibility of Command How Un and Nato Commanders Influenced Airpower Over Bosnia

By Bucknam, Mark A.

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Title: Responsibility of Command How Un and Nato Commanders Influenced Airpower Over Bosnia  
Author: Bucknam, Mark A.
Language: English
Subject: Instructional materials, Armed Forces, Air University (U.S.)
Collections: AU Press Collection
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Publisher: Air University Press


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Bucknam, M. A. (n.d.). Responsibility of Command How Un and Nato Commanders Influenced Airpower Over Bosnia. Retrieved from

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Preface: This book examines the role that theater-level commanders in the UN and NATO played in influencing the use of airpower over Bosnia between the spring of 1993 and the end of 1995. It also uncovers factors explaining why top UN and NATO commanders in the region acted as they did. The central thesis of this study is that the commanders? needs to balance the various responsibilities inherent in command powerfully affected their actions when they tried to influence the use of airpower. Stress on these commanders was greatest when they felt forced to make trade-offs that put their forces at risk without a corresponding payoff in terms of mission accomplishment. In attempting to strike the proper balance between mission accomplishment, acceptable risk, and obedience to civilian political control, commanders drew on their own expertise and that of their staffs. Not surprisingly then the traditional division between soldiers and airmen over the utility of airpower manifested itself in a split dividing UN army generals from senior NATO airmen. That split also helps to explain the commanders? actions.

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Table of Contents: Disclaimer, Iiiii - Dedication, Iiiii - About the Author, Xxi - Preface, Xiii - Acknowledgments, Ixvii - 1 Introduction, 11 - Existing Literature, 13 - Method, 16 - Structure, 20 - Notes, 21 - 2 Military Influence On the Use - of Airpower, 27 - Influence And Autonomy: - The Us Military And the Use of Force, 28 - Deciding to Use Force: - Military Reluctance And Influence, 29 - How to Use Force: Optionsinfluence, And Overwhelming Force, 30 - Theoretical Bases of Demands for - Operational Autonomy: Expertise - And Responsibility, 33 - Political Constraints On Airpower: - Targeting And Rules of Engagement, 39 - Targeting As Air Strategy: - What to Attack, What Not to Attack, 40 - Bombing Pauses: - When to Bomb Or Not Bomb, 42 - Rules of Engagement: - Circumstances for Force, 43 - Soldiers And Airmen: - Efficacy And Control of Airpower, 47 - Summary, 50 - Notes, 50


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