Accession Number : ADA293343

Title :   Theater Ballistic Missile Defense. The Need for an Operational Commander.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI DEPT OF OPERATIONS

Personal Author(s) : Lithchfield, Bruce A.

PDF Url : ADA293343

Report Date : 13 FEB 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 26

Abstract : Desert Storm brought to light the potential capability of theater ballistic missiles. During the War, SCUD missiles were used by the Iraqis in an attempt to alter the strategic balance. Fortunately, coalition forces were able to negate the effect of the ballistic missiles through air attacks and the Patriot surface-to-air missile system. Based on the lessons learned from the Gulf War, the Joint Chiefs of Staff developed & theater missile defense (TMD) doctrine to serve as a guide to operational commanders for countering ballistic missiles in the future. This doctrine calls for unity of effort at the operational level by coordination of the component commanders. Past experience points to the fact that a common commander is necessary for unity of effort. Therefore, because of the large number of joint forces required to counter ballistic missiles and the need to work towards a common objective, the TXD doctrine should reflect the requirement for a missile defense commander. (MM)

Descriptors :   *ANTIMISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEMS, *COMMAND AND CONTROL SYSTEMS, *JOINT MILITARY ACTIVITIES, MILITARY INTELLIGENCE, MILITARY DOCTRINE, THESES, SURFACE TO AIR MISSILES, MILITARY COMMANDERS, SURFACE TO SURFACE MISSILES.

Subject Categories : Antimissile Defense Systems
      Command, Control and Communications Systems

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE