Accession Number : ADA307443

Title :   A Critical Analysis: Operational Scheme and Joint Theater Missile Defense Attack Capabilities,

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

Personal Author(s) : Di Gesu, Gary F.

PDF Url : ADA307443

Report Date : 14 JUN 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 30

Abstract : Following the Gulf War in 1991, US military and civilian leaders identified significant shortcomings in the conduct of US Joint Theater Missile Defense (JTMD) operations and applied the lessons learned to improve the Joint Force Commander's (JFC) ability to execute such operations more effectively in the future. Four pillars of JTMD were doctrinally established: Passive Defense, Active Defense, Attack Operations, and C41. This scope of this paper is specifically limited to JTMD Attack Operations and related C41 capabilities which are designed to be employed against an adversary capable of launching ground-based theater missiles at US forces and/or their allies during a regional conflict. To be effective, procedural improvements and the execution of JTMD Attack Operations cannot be implemented in a vacuum; the must be coordinated and integrated as part of a JFC's overall operational design. Thus, by using four integral elements of operational scheme (Application of Forces and Assets; Synchronization; Coordination; and Operational Fires) as a framework of analysis, this paper will critically evaluate the present/near-future effectiveness of JTMD attack systems and C41 capabilities to support and implement the JFC's overall operational design.

Descriptors :   *LESSONS LEARNED, *ANTIMISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEMS, *MILITARY DOCTRINE, *MILITARY CAPABILITIES, *JOINT MILITARY ACTIVITIES, *GUIDED MISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEMS, MILITARY INTELLIGENCE, COMMAND CONTROL COMMUNICATIONS, GUIDED MISSILES, WARFARE, THEATER LEVEL OPERATIONS, ACTIVE DEFENSE, ATTACK, LAUNCHING, CONFLICT, GROUND BASED, MILITARY COMMANDERS, PASSIVE DEFENSE.

Subject Categories : Antimissile Defense Systems
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE