Accession Number : ADA312387

Title :   The Role of Special Operations Forces in Operations Against Theater Missiles.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s) : Riley, Craig A.

PDF Url : ADA312387

Report Date : MAR 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 187

Abstract : The U.S. military has never been able to prevent theater missiles (TMs) from being launched at U.S. and Allied or Coalition forces and citizens. Post-war analysis of interdiction efforts during World War II and the Persian Gulf War could not identify a single instance where either a German V weapon or an Iraqi SCUD missile was destroyed before launch. During the Cuban Missile Crisis, the best estimate that the Air Force could provide the National Command Authority was that ninety percent of the Soviet missiles in Cuba would be destroyed by an airstrike. To correct this deficiency, the military developed joint theater missile defense (JTMD) doctrine. This doctrine attempts to integrate synergistically all U.S. military assets and capabilities. However, this doctrine does not fully integrate Special Operations Forces (SOF) into attack operations against TMs. Additionally, the joint tactics, techniques, and procedures (JTTPs) needed to implement this doctrine have not been developed. The integration of SOF's capability to conduct pre-strike and post-strike reconnaissance, critical material recovery operations and target acquisition tasks can immediately improve JTMD capabilities.

Descriptors :   *THEATER LEVEL OPERATIONS, *SPECIAL OPERATIONS FORCES, WEAPONS, GUIDED MISSILES, USSR, WARFARE, AIR FORCE, IRAQ, RECOVERY, CRISIS MANAGEMENT, ANTIMISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEMS, PERSIAN GULF, TARGET ACQUISITION, INTERDICTION, ATTACK, THESES, AIR STRIKES, CUBA, MILITARY TACTICS, POSTWAR OPERATIONS, MATERIALS RECOVERY, GERMANY(EAST AND WEST).

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE