10:00 am EST - 11:30 am EST

Past Event

The Power and Peril of High-Speed Warfare

Thursday, March 20, 2003

10:00 am - 11:30 am EST

Brookings Institution
Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC

The plan for the invasion of Iraq marks an important milestone in military thinking. Instead of relying on overwhelming numbers, it depends on a high-tech air attack to immobilize the enemy, followed by a lightning-fast ground assault to finish the job. The “rolling” attack could bring victory in days or weeks, but it also carries special risks.

A panel of experts will assess the military questions, including:

  • What is the current state of readiness of U.S. forces?
  • Will the lack of a northern front hinder the operation and lead to greater casualties?
  • How will Saddam react to the U.S.-led invasion?
  • What are the implications of using a “rolling start” approach to the conflict?
  • How prepared are U.S. and British troops for a large-scale chemical or biological attack?
  • What are the regional security implications beyond Iraq, particularly the potential threat to Israel posed by a war in the region?

Following brief presentations, panelists will take questions from the audience.