Alternative Technologies to Replace Antipersonnel Landmines

Alternative Technologies to Replace Antipersonnel Landmines

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This book examines potential technologies for replacing antipersonnel landmines by 2006, the U.S. target date for signing an international treaty banning these weapons. Alternative Technologies to Replace Antipersonnel Landmines emphasizes the role that technology can play to allow certain weapons to be used more selectively, reducing the danger to uninvolved civilians while improving the effectiveness of the U.S. military. Landmines are an important weapon in the U.S. militaryA’s arsenal but the persistent variety can cause unintended casualties, to both civilians and friendly forces. New technologies could replace some, but not all, of the U.S. militaryA’s antipersonnel landmines by 2006. In the period following 2006, emerging technologies might eliminate the landmine totally, while retaining the necessary functionalities that todayA’s mines provide to the military.The growing importance of landmines was also evidenced by the emphasis on them in military field manuals written after ... The Viet Cong made extensive, effective use of mines and booby traps to protect their base areas and target paths andanbsp;...

Title:Alternative Technologies to Replace Antipersonnel Landmines
Author: Office of International Affairs, Commission on Engineering and Technical Systems, Committee on Alternative Technologies to Replace Antipersonnel Landmines, National Research Council, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences
Publisher:National Academies Press - 2001-03-21

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