A Note on Tactical Vs. Strategic Air Interdiction

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Rand Corporation, 1970 - Air interdiction - 10 pages
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Battle relevance rather than battlefield proximity should be the useful criterion in distinguishing between tactical and strategic interdiction. Tactical interdiction has to do with target systems having payoffs directly and immediately related to the success of friendly ground forces, whereas strategic interdiction has to do with target systems having payoffs that are only indirectly and in the long term related to ground force success. This distinction is contrasted with the close-versus-deep dichotomy and seems a more sensible way of looking at target systems. What is important is the probable effect of an air strike, not its distance from the battlefield. For tactical interdiction, payoffs are extremely sensitive to the nature of the war, to the character of the battlefield, and to what is happening on the ground, currently and in the near future. Strike effectiveness depends not only on what is done to the target, but on when this is done.

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