Gulf War: Desert Storm and Desert Shield: Essay

Gulf War: Desert Storm and Desert Shield: Essay

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Today and in the future, armed conflict is anticipated to be short, decisive, and accomplished with a minimum of casualties.  Much of the victory achieved by the US and its allies in Desert Shield and Desert Storm is correctly attributed to advances in technology—the combination of greater accuracy in weapons with the access enabled by stealth, along with more fast dissemination of knowledge through information technologies. Over a decade has elapsed since the Desert Storm turning point in the conduct of conventional war. The security environment has changed and the tools of warfare have been enhanced, but what is yet to be fully understood and integrated into the security planning is another critical element of what enabled success of the Gulf War air campaign: the effects-based approach to its planning and execution The Gulf War air campaign initiated profound transformation in the planning and amendment of warfare. The results were dramatic in that they changed the expectations of modern warfare. (more…)

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