A new Department of Defense report released today provides more detailed information on NATO's 78-day air campaign, Operation Allied Force, to end Serbian atrocities in Kosovo.
In a forward to the report, Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Henry H. Shelton characterize the March though June 1999 campaign as a "turning point" for the NATO alliance and the "most effective air operation in history."
They attribute the success of the campaign to "the tremendous skill and dedication of our men and women in uniform, the partnership that has been forged between the Administration and Congress, the enduring strengths of our allied relationships, and the unflagging support of the American people."
The report released today is an unclassified extract of a larger classified report provided to Congress. Both contain considerable detail on the air campaign itself, as well as the military and humanitarian relief operations that followed. Additionally, the reports focus on the lessons learned from the air campaign and the need to update doctrine, training, professional military education, war planning and joint operations planning in light of these lessons.
Since the campaign was concluded, the Defense Department has conducted a series of major reviews of U.S. and allied action during the air campaign, and taken inputs from the military services and component commands. These reviews identified a need for enhancements in the U.S. military's precision strike, electronic warfare, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities. Defense budget requirements to address these needs are presented in the report, which accompanies the department's annual budget submission to Congress.
The unclassified report is available on the Defense Department's web site at http://www.defenselink.mil/pubs/kaar02072000.pdf . (PDF, 2.2MB)