Accidental military incidents

Other Names:
Military fallibility
Military errors
Military accidents

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.


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.

Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions
Problem Type:
D: Detailed problems
Date of last update
04.10.2020 – 22:48 CEST