The Wartime Utility of Precision Versus Brute Force in Weaponry

@article{Mandel2004TheWU,
  title={The Wartime Utility of Precision Versus Brute Force in Weaponry},
  author={Robert Mandel},
  journal={Armed Forces \& Society},
  year={2004},
  volume={30},
  pages={171 - 201}
}
  • R. Mandel
  • Published 1 January 2004
  • Sociology
  • Armed Forces & Society
Given the tangible success with precision-guided munitions in recent conflicts, a pressing need exists to question reliance on this kind of weapon, and more specifically to begin to isolate when low destructiveness precision munitions (differentiated from massively destructive imprecise weaponry by their high accuracy and low casualty rate) are most and least effective in warfare. To do so, with particular focus on U.S. foreign security policy, this study discusses the precision weaponry debate… Expand
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