We Bomb Iraq—Again
The December strikes on Iraq are a particularly good illustration of the new kind of warfare advertised as Joint Vision 2010 and Network-Centric Warfare. It now appears that the focus of the raids was Sadaam Hussein's grip on power: his secret police and the town of Tikrit, whence most of his government comes. Attacks on the secret police and the Republican Guards would make it more difficult for Sadaam to put down any attempted coup. Attacks on Tikrit might suggest to his associates that continued support for Sadaam would be dangerous, both to them and to their families.