We face thorny and complex decisions about the U.S. military's role in Kosovo. So far, the execution of Operation Allied Force suggests that we intend to use armed force in ways different from the Cold War air-land battles of Korea and Vietnam. The current approach of using only air power over Yugoslavia in support of NATO objectives has two principal sources: a growing aversion to casualties, and the highly successful use of air power in the Gulf War and in Bosnia. If we are to adopt this "high-tech, low-losses" approach to meeting the serial small scale contingencies that are stretching the nation's land- and sea-based air power, then we should structure those forces accordingly.
Nobody Asked Me But…Stealth Saves Lives
By Captain James H. Patton Jr., U.S. Navy (Retired)