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dc.contributor.advisorMoran, Daniel
dc.contributor.authorCampbell, Calvin M., Jr.
dc.dateMarch 2015
dc.date.accessioned2015-05-06T19:17:25Z
dc.date.available2015-05-06T19:17:25Z
dc.date.issued2015-03
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/45166
dc.descriptionApproved for public release; distribution is unlimiteden_US
dc.description.abstractIt is hard to argue that there is a more prevailing issue than collateral damage when discussing strike warfare today. The outlook of the United States and other militaries regarding bombing operations, particularly concern about collateral damage, is a historically contingent process. This thesis examines three case studies—the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Kosovo air campaign—to examine the impact of concern about collateral damage on U.S. policy and strategy. It analyzes the disparity between collateral damage effects at the strategic, operational, and tactical levels over the span of a half century. A significant amount of research on the effects of collateral damage from strike warfare focuses on legal, humanitarian, and moral issues. To oversimplify, killing non-combatants is bad, but it happens, and not always by accident. Therefore, it is instructive to gain knowledge on how it affects policy and strategy. Depending on the conflict and time period, U.S. administrations and war strategists have put the priority of mitigating collateral damage at different levels. Understanding the reasoning and timing behind the political and military attitudes toward collateral damage is helpful to understanding how the potential for civilian casualties fits into military strategy as a whole.en_US
dc.publisherMonterey, California: Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsThis publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.en_US
dc.titleThe strategic and political impacts of collateral damage from strike warfareen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.secondreaderAnderson, David
dc.contributor.departmentNational Security Affairs
dc.contributor.departmentNational Security Affairsen_US
dc.subject.authorCollateral damageen_US
dc.subject.authorcivilian casualtiesen_US
dc.subject.authorstrategic bombardmenten_US
dc.subject.authorair poweren_US
dc.subject.authorKoreaen_US
dc.subject.authorVietnamen_US
dc.subject.authorKosovoen_US
dc.description.serviceLieutenant Commander, United States Navyen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameMaster of Arts in Security Studies (Strategic Studies)en_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineSecurity Studies (Strategic Studies)en_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US


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