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

This e-book examines strength applied sciences for changing antipersonnel landmines through 2006, the U.S. aim date for signing a world treaty banning those guns. replacement applied sciences to switch Antipersonnel Landmines emphasizes the function that know-how can play to permit sure guns for use extra selectively, lowering the chance to uninvolved civilians whereas enhancing the effectiveness of the U.S. army. Landmines are an immense weapon within the U.S. military's arsenal however the continual sort could cause accidental casualties, to either civilians and pleasant forces. New applied sciences might substitute a few, yet now not all, of the U.S. military's antipersonnel landmines by way of 2006. within the interval following 2006, rising applied sciences could get rid of the landmine absolutely, whereas keeping the required functionalities that latest mines offer to the army.

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Mines previously emplaced during defensive missions that cannot distinguish friend from foe could hinder the execution of rapid offensive maneuvers. In this report, the committee adopted a long-term view of landmines that took into account the principles of war and a wide range of scenarios, from major theater wars to peace operations. S. forces a superior means of fighting and winning an engagement (Bornhoft, 1999). These battlefield operating systems require constant coordination to ensure synergy among intelligence, maneuver, mobility/survivability, fire support, air defense, combat service support, and command and control systems.

However, force-multiplier and economy-of-force capabilities are usually necessary. Economy of force does not mean that minefields are unobserved, it just means that the preponderance of combat power is concentrated in another sector of the battlefield, and the economy-of-force sector has to make do with less. APL help defenders do just that. On the other hand, it is generally accepted that wars are won by attacking the enemy. Mines can play a significant role in causing an enemy to move in directions that are advantageous to friendly forces, allowing them to kill the enemy more efficiently.

The Demilitarized Zone in Korea and, perhaps, the Kuwaiti-Iraqi border), mines are both deterrents and alerting devices. They can also inflict casualties in the event of a full-scale attack. However, once cleared lanes have been established, current mines become less effective. Future systems could be capable of remaining effective without giving away their positions or being easily deactivated or cleared within a zone. Munitions could be equipped with noncontact sensing and tracking devices and some remote or area response.

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