By Eric Larson,Daniel Byman,Matthew Waxman

Coercion―the use of threatened strength to urge an adversary to alter its behavior―is a severe 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, enable humanitarian aid, and in a different way adjust their activities. but regardless of its overwhelming army may perhaps, the us usually fails to coerce effectively. This record 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, corresponding to inner instability or the risk posed by means of one other enemy. Domestic

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