PERSONNEL CASUALTIES: ESTIMATES DURING CONTINGENCIES

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Authors
  1. Boothroyd, A.G.
Corporate Authors
Operational Research Div, Ottawa ONT (CAN) Directorate of Operational Research (Joint and Land)
Abstract
Devising casualty rates for even certain military operations is fraught with uncertainty. To do so for an undefined "enemy" force of unknown numbers, weapons and capability is therefore unwise. Nonetheless, some form of estimate was needed for the recently directed White Paper Staff Check (WPSC). An approach based loosely on DLOR studies of the early 1990's, done in preparation for the Gulf War, was used to arrive at a first order estimate. Thus, in this paper, numbers of personnel casualties are derived, but it is not known whether they are far too low or far too high. They are quite certainly not correct but they are almost certainly reasonable.
Keywords
Personnel casualties;Contingency operations;Medium Intensity Conflict;White Paper Staff Check
Report Number
ORD-DOR(J&L)-RN-9809 — Research Note
Date of publication
01 Jun 1998
Number of Pages
23
DSTKIM No
98-01869
CANDIS No
508519
Format(s):
Hardcopy;Document Image stored on Optical Disk

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