This monograph, part of a larger study of ways to reduce collateral damage undertaken for the U.S. Air Force, analyzes media and public reactions to civilian casualty incidents, whether these incidents affect media reporting or public support for military operations, and, if so, how. It analyzes case studies of incidents of civilian
The Panic of 1819 was America’s first great economic crisis and depression.
For the first time in American history, there was a crisis of nationwide scope that
could not simply and directly be attributed to specific dislocations and
restrictions-such as a famine or wartime blockades. Neither could it be simply
attributed to the machinations or blunders of one man or to one upsetting act of
government, which could be cured by removing the offending cause. In such a
way had the economic dislocations from 1808-15 been blamed on “Mr.
Jefferson’s Embargo” or “Mr. Madison’s War.
In the past 30 years, there has been phenomenal growth in the area of data
communications, to say the least. During the Vietnam War, one of my duty
stations was on an island in the China Sea. I was part of a Signal Intelligence
group, intercepting and decoding wartime communications traffic. We did our
best to decode and analyze the information we intercepted, but there were
many times when the help of a high-end (at that time) mainframe computer
system was required.
The years 1945–55 saw the emergence of a radically new kind of device: the high-speed
stored-program digital computer. Secret wartime projects in areas such as code-breaking, radar and ballistics had produced a wealth of ideas and technologies that
kick-started this first decade of the Information Age. The brilliant mathematician and
code-breaker Alan Turing was just one of several British pioneers whose prototype
machines led the way.
Turning theory into practice proved tricky, but by 1948 five UK research groups
had begun to build practical stored-program computers.
Ti! Ihis book is about professional football
long before Super Bowls, Monday Night
Football, and megabuck contracts for
players. It tells what the game was like and what players and fans
thought about it, beginning more than 100 years ago, when the first
pros appeared, and continuing up to the time when televised football
was becoming a national passion.
Since 1997, RAND has studied options for configuring an Agile Combat Support (ACS) system that would enable the achievement of Air and Space Expeditionary Force (AEF) goals. Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) offered an opportunity to examine the implementation of new ACS concepts in a wartime environment. In 2000,
This report seeks to promote discussion of the way the Air Force develops its weapon systems, manages its support resources, and conducts its wartime logistics operations. It describes the enemy threat facing the Tactical Air Forces in the next several decades, how that threat affects the combat environments within which those forces will have to operate, how those environments should shape force ......
Although the Gulf War lasted but a few days, many combat troops have suffered
lingering health problems that they attribute to their wartime service. Their
health problems and illnesses have features in common with illnesses suffered
by veterans of earlier wars, including the difficulty that their physicians have
had in making a diagnosis. As yet, these illnesses remain unexplained by medical
science, which has prompted some people to wonder if troops in the Persian
Gulf theater were exposed to an agent or combination of agents that caused