Accession Number : ADA307336

Title :   Security from Land-Attack Cruise Missile Threats: Considerations for the Operational Commander.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT

Personal Author(s) : O'Neal, James, Jr

PDF Url : ADA307336

Report Date : 12 FEB 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 21

Abstract : The United States will increasingly find itself faced with deploying combat forces in response to major regional contingencies. At the operational level, it is inevitable that U.S. operational commanders will contend with one or more hostile powers intent on threatening order and stability using advanced weaponry. With proliferation of land-attack cruise missiles, the operational commander is now faced with a ever burgeoning, and quite capable threat to his forward deployed forces. As with any other military threat, once recognized and validated, careful planning must be accomplished to mitigate the potential effects. Currently, the United States continues to place emphasis on neutralizing the tactical ballistic missile threat to forward deployed forces. But, the tide is turning, and many third world players are acquiring cruise missiles to replace or complement their ballistic missile inventories. Thus, the operational commander must fully recognize this threat and accomplish effective planning within the framework of current joint theater missile defense doctrine to obviate it. If planning and subsequent execution of defensive measures are inadequate, security of friendly forces will falter, and the maxims of maneuver, economy of force, mass, offensive, and surprise will suffer along with overall combat effectiveness of assigned forces. Consequently, achievement of the operational objective, and in some cases, the strategic objective will be threatened.

Descriptors :   *DEVELOPING NATIONS, *ANTIMISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEMS, *THREATS, MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES), COMBAT EFFECTIVENESS, DEPLOYMENT, LAND WARFARE, CRUISE MISSILES, MILITARY APPLICATIONS, INVENTORY, MILITARY COMMANDERS, COMBAT FORCES, TACTICAL WEAPONS, LAND AREAS.

Subject Categories : Antimissile Defense Systems

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE