Accession Number : ADA309658

Title :   Joint Theater Missile Defense.

Descriptive Note : Research rept.,

Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s) : Harmatz, Howard I.

PDF Url : ADA309658

Report Date : 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 31

Abstract : Since the 1991 Gulf War, the United States has recognized the critical need for a Joint Theater Missile Defense (JTMD) capability. The Department of Defense (DOD) has subsequently taken appropriate steps to develop it. In 1994, DOD established a Joint organization to manage JTMD research and development (R&D), acquisition, and structure. Then the Joint Staff developed the joint doctrine required for the conduct of synchronized Theater Missile Defense (TMD) throughout the depth of a theater of operations. This paper briefly presents U.S. TMD initiatives to date. It identifies the threat, reviews current joint doctrine, and then presents a case that only through a true joint approach and effort will U.S. JTMD be postured to defeat any future employment of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) by Theater Missiles (TM) against U.S. forces or our allies. It also makes the point that DOD needs to further take the initiative to establish a JTMD operational proponent to best synchronize JTMD operations for theater warfighting CINCs.

Descriptors :   *ANTIMISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEMS, MILITARY INTELLIGENCE, AIR DEFENSE, COMMAND CONTROL COMMUNICATIONS, THEATER LEVEL OPERATIONS, MILITARY DOCTRINE, CRUISE MISSILES, JOINT MILITARY ACTIVITIES, MASS DESTRUCTION WEAPONS, SURFACE TO AIR MISSILES, BALLISTIC MISSILE INTERCEPT SYSTEMS, AIR TO SURFACE MISSILES.

Subject Categories : Antimissile Defense Systems

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE