Accession Number : ADA307605

Title :   Maximizing Operational Protection in the Face of the Theater Ballistic Missile Threat: 1996-2006.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

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

Personal Author(s) : Steindl, David F.

PDF Url : ADA307605

Report Date : 11 FEB 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 19

Abstract : In response to the proliferation of theater ballistic missiles, the U.S. has invested a great deal of technological resources into the development of Theater Ballistic Missile Defense (TBND) systems. But this technological focus can prove ineffectual if the broader TBND issues at the operational level of war are not also addressed. TBMD is a vital element of operational protection and contributes to the successful accomplishment of many of the principal components of operational protection. Since TBMD is a vital element of operational protection, the Joint Force Commander (JFC) must address a number of TBMD issues in order to maximize the operational protection to his forces. These issues include: which forces and facilities should be protected, what multi-mission assets should be allocated to TBMD, and what passive methods are available to maximize force operational protection. These issues are all solved by focusing the TBMD forces on the protection of the center of gravity. Different phases of the operation may cause a shift in the center of gravity and thus a shift in TBMD force deployment.

Descriptors :   *THEATER LEVEL OPERATIONS, *ANTIMISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEMS, MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES), GUIDED MISSILES, CENTER OF GRAVITY, DEPLOYMENT, THREATS, PASSIVE SYSTEMS, PROTECTION, AREA DEFENSE.

Subject Categories : Antimissile Defense Systems

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE