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Alternative Technologies to Replace Antipersonnel Landmines by Committee on Alternative Technologies to Replace

By Committee on Alternative Technologies to Replace Antipersonnel Landmines, Commission on Engineering and Technical Systems, Office of International Affairs, National Research Council

This publication examines power applied sciences for exchanging antipersonnel landmines by means of 2006, the U.S. goal date for signing a global treaty banning those guns. replacement applied sciences to interchange Antipersonnel Landmines emphasizes the function that expertise can play to permit convinced guns for use extra selectively, lowering the risk to uninvolved civilians whereas enhancing the effectiveness of the U.S. army. Landmines are an incredible weapon within the U.S. military's arsenal however the chronic style may cause accidental casualties, to either civilians and pleasant forces. New applied sciences may perhaps change a few, yet now not all, of the U.S. military's antipersonnel landmines through 2006. within the interval following 2006, rising applied sciences may possibly cast off the landmine completely, whereas preserving the mandatory functionalities that contemporary mines supply to the army.

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Success was attributed to many factors, including the coalition’s ability to survey minefields and exploit their weaknesses and the Iraqis’ inability to observe and defend their barriers. than 60 countries, mostly in Africa, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, South America, and Latin America. The International Committee of the Red Cross estimates that during the late 1980s and early 1990s landmines killed or maimed more than 25,000 people each year (Patierno, 2000a). However, this figure may include a large number of casualties caused by unexploded ordnance.

Just as the Agrarian Age gave us the hoe and sword, and the Industrial Age gave us mass production and mass destruction, the Information Age will give us the means to fight smarter and more effectively. The revolution in military affairs is defined as a major change in warfare brought about by the innovative application of technologies that, combined with dramatic changes in military doctrine and operational concepts, will fundamentally alter the character and conduct of operations. Systems, such as the bow and arrow, the rifled gun tube, or aircraft, that use dramatically new technologies can create a major break with the past (Krepinevich, 1994).

As General John H. S. Forces Korea, testified before the House Armed Services Committee: … these weapons, both the non-self-destructing and selfdeactivating types, are absolutely vital to the success of UNC/CFC’s 16 ALTERNATIVE TECHNOLOGIES TO REPLACE ANTIPERSONNEL LANDMINES mission to deter North Korea aggression and defend the [Republic of Korea]. S. S. commitment to ending the use of all APL: … I’m directing the Department of Defense to develop alternatives to antipersonnel land mines so that by the year 2003 we can end even the use of self-destruct land mines .

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