Saturday, October 08, 2005
"Effects-Based Operations and the Excersize of National Power," by David Pendall, Military Review, January - February 2004, http://www.iwar.org.uk/rma/resources/ebo/national-power.pdf.
More reading for the International Law paper. Note the generally psychological tone, and compare with John Robb's opinion.
Clearly, future capabilities of combined and standing joint task forces (SJTF), coupled with specialized strike elements, will leverage the power of kinetic and nonkinetic weapons in future battlespace. Some battlespace will be located within sprawling urban environments and some will be against state and nonstate entities or both. Some of the capabilities used to achieve future desired effects might not be classed currently as weapons. Other battlespaces might be in the spaces between neurons or electrons. The cutting, burning, irradiating, poisoning, piercing, and concussion effects that enlivened combat in the 20th-century will persist, and other forms of engagement and effects will be added. Some weapons will be nonkinetic and will substitute for some of the fire and maneuver of times past.
Kinetic weapons, as defined here, are weapons whose effects are transmitted by the motion of a substance, such as a projectile, a shock wave, or heat. Departing from the conventional definition, nonkinetic weapons include—
l Sticky foams.
l Graphite bombs.
l Cyber weapons.
l Directed energy.
l High-energy radio frequency strikes.
l Acoustic weapons.
l Stink bombs.
l Antitraction and antireaction chemicals.