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Strategic Paralysis : An Airpower Theory for the Present

By Major Jason B. Barlow, USAF

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Title: Strategic Paralysis : An Airpower Theory for the Present  
Author: Major Jason B. Barlow, USAF
Language: English
Subject: Non Fiction, Military Science, Airpower
Collections: Technology, Business Strategy, Science Fiction Collection, Military Science, Authors Community, Transportion Technology, Naval Science, Literature, History
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Publisher: Air University Press
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The method or objective of Strategic Paralysis is to selectively attack or threaten those strategic or national level targets that most directly support the enemy’s war-making efforts and will to continue with his current behavior. Strategic Paralysis warfare should result in a change in the enemy’s behavior at a lesser cost to both sides as Airpower assets are the primary weapons --not ground troops. Why Airpower? It is the only weapon that can provide the near simultaneous shock to the enemy’s central nervous system necessary to induce paralysis. To achieve success Strategic Paralysis requires four key ingredients: 1) Correctly identifying the enemy’s National Elements of Value (NEVs), 2) High technology, 3) An enemy dependent upon a well developed, modern and vulnerable infrastructure, and 4) Aerospace Control. The bulk of this study is devoted to defining this strategy and bettering our understanding of the first ingredient, that of choosing the best targets for attack.

Table of Contents
1. Introduction...............1 2. The Theory of Strategic Paralysis...............12 3. Choosing the Right Targets...............34 4. More Targeting Theories...............61 5. The National Elements of Value Model...............77 6. Conclusions...............110


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