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Time-Critical Targeting : Predictive versus Reactionary Methods, Analysis for the Future

By Major Gregory S. Marzolf, USAF

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Book Id: WPLBN0002170727
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Reproduction Date: 10/22/2012

Title: Time-Critical Targeting : Predictive versus Reactionary Methods, Analysis for the Future  
Author: Major Gregory S. Marzolf, USAF
Language: English
Subject: Non Fiction, Military Science, Air Force
Collections: Technology, Science Fiction Collection, Authors Community, Military Science, Naval Science, Literature
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Publisher: Air University Press
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Experiences in Operations Desert Storm and Allied Force highlighted a significant weakness in the USAF’s ability to engage time-critical targets. The weakness stems from airpower’s inability to employ force quickly and kill an emerging target before it disappears back into hiding. USAF’s engagement sequence, called the kill chain, is not fast enough to detect, locate, identify, and engage the target. Experience shows that the enemy has used this method of emerging, engaging, and dispersing since the beginning of time, and because it is still effective, the enemy has little reason to change. To help solve this difficulty, this study introduces and investigates two methods—reactive and preemptive—and determines how they might solve the problem in 2010.

Table of Contents
1 INTRODUCTION . . . . . . . 1 2 BACKGROUND . . . . . . . 7 3 REACTIVE APPROACH . . . . .23 4 PREEMPTIVE APPROACH . . . . 43 5 RESULTS AND CONCLUSIONS . . . . 61


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