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By Seth G. Jones,Keith Crane,Daniel Byman,John G. McGinn,Rollie Lal,Ian O. Lesser

Coercion--the use of threatened strength to urge an adversary to alter its behavior--is a serious functionality of the U.S. army. U.S. forces have lately fought within the Balkans, the Persian Gulf, and the Horn of Africa to compel recalcitrant regimes and warlords to prevent repression, abandon guns courses, let humanitarian reduction, and differently adjust their activities. but regardless of its overwhelming army may possibly, the U.S. frequently fails to coerce effectively. This document examines the phenomenon of coercion and the way air strength can give a contribution to its good fortune. 3 elements elevate the possibility of profitable coercion: (1) the coercer's skill to elevate the prices it imposes whereas denying the adversary the opportunity to reply (escalation dominance); (2) a capability to dam an adversary's army process for victory; and (3) a capability to exaggerate third-party threats, resembling inner instability or the chance posed by way of one other enemy. family political issues (such as casualty sensitivity) and coalition dynamics usually constrain coercive operations and impair the success of those stipulations. Air strength can convey powerful and credible threats that foster the above elements whereas neutralizing adversary countercoercive strikes. while the favorable components are absent, besides the fact that, air power--or the other army instrument--will most likely fail to coerce. Policymakers' use of coercive air energy lower than inauspicious stipulations diminishes the possibilities of utilizing it in other places whilst the clients of good fortune will be greater.

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