In the Kosovo crisis of 1999, the lessons of operational war fighting learned during the Gulf War were forgotten. The lack of focus on the proper centers of gravity allowed Serb forces such as this tank column to operate in Kosovo unharmed. If the current obsession with technology and targeteering is not reversed, our ability to use military force decisively against a strong opponent could be crippled severely.
The bombing of Serbia by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) began on 24 March and ended on 10 June 1999. Operation Allied Force was described as a success, and in many ways it was. NATO airmen, sailors, and soldiers performed extremely well at the tactical level. Too many mistakes, and even blunders, however, were made at the strategic and operational levels. Allied Force must be critically evaluated and some lessons deduced for the future.