No-Fly Zones: Strategic, Operational, and Legal Considerations for Congress [March 18, 2011] [open pdf - 240KB]
"The ongoing uprising in Libya against the government of Muammar al Qadhafi has been the subject of ongoing domestic and international debate about potential international military intervention, including the proposed establishment of a no-fly zone over Libya. Congress may wish to consider issues surrounding the strategy, international authorization, congressional authorization, operations, and costs of establishing and maintaining no-fly zones. The military strategy designed to support the grand strategy, it has been suggested, might be based on these considerations: the operational-level military objectives that need to be achieved, to support the overall grand strategy; and the extent to which a no-fly zone--as one set of ways and means--helps achieve those objectives."
CRS Report for Congress, R41701
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