Protecting Oil Supplies: The Military Requirements

  • John Hackett


The reduction to acceptable limits of the uncertainties inherent in continuing reliance upon Gulf oil to meet minimal Western and Japanese requirements is a clear need. The best way of meeting this need is by no means as clear. Options under study include military action. This paper now looks at the military option, chiefly in respect of the Middle East. That area, however, is not the only one of interest in the study of military possibilities, and some reference will be made to others.


Indian Ocean Fire Brigade Aircraft Carrier Fire Team Naval Force 
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  1. 1.
    John M. Collins and Clyde R. Mark, ‘Petroleum Imports from the Persian Gulf: Use of US Armed Force to Ensure Supplies’, Issue Brief No. 1B 79046, last updated 8 January 1980, p. 2.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Quoted by Klare, in The Nation, 8 March 1980.Google Scholar
  3. ‘Have RDF, will travel’, Klare, The Nation, 8 March 1980.Google Scholar

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© The International Institute for Strategic Studies 1982

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