Problem

Accidental military incidents

Other Names:
Military fallibility
Military errors
Military accidents
Nature:
Military accidents can involve errors of human judgement or instrument failure, and can increase the risk of conflict or war. They may include: accidental entry into national territory of adversary because of adverse weather, instrument malfunctions, troop or ship manoeuvres in regions of tension, and mistaken identities.
Incidence:
A USA official admitted that American pilots acted in error when they fired heat-seeking missiles at targets in the no-fly zone over southern Iraq, and one another occasion in mid-1983.
Problem Type:
D: Detailed problems
Date of last update
04.02.1997 – 00:00 CET