Denying Flight

Denying Flight: Strategic Options for Employing No-Fly Zones

Karl P. Mueller
Copyright Date: 2013
Published by: RAND Corporation
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    Denying Flight
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    In the past two decades, the U.S. Air Force has participated in three contingencies involving no-fly zones (NFZs) over Bosnia, Iraq, and Libya, and NFZ proposals have been proffered for some time as an option for intervention in the Syrian civil war that would avoid placing Western troops on the ground. This paper is intended as a preliminary look at NFZs as a strategic approach in such situations, with an emphasis on the forms they might take, their potential utility, and their probable limitations.

    eISBN: 978-0-8330-8182-7
    Subjects: History

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-ii)
  2. Preface
    (pp. iii-iv)
  3. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
  4. Abbreviations
    (pp. vii-viii)
  5. Denying Flight: Strategic Options for Employing No-Fly Zones
    (pp. 1-14)

    Since the end of the Cold War, “no-fly zones” (NFZs)¹ have begun to appear on menus of policy options for dealing with troublesome states. Prohibiting a miscreant government from using airpower for warfare or transportation within its own country may appeal to policymakers, primarily because it is perhaps the most limited way that military force can be used as a punitive tool. Compared to other forms of armed intervention, NFZs typically entail relatively little risk to the powers imposing them, as least when directed against militarily weak targets. Yet, because they are an active use of military power, NFZs tend...

  6. References
    (pp. 15-16)