Accession Number : ADA323568

Title :   Back to the Future: Javelins and Skirmishers on the Battlefield,

Corporate Author : ARMY ARMOR CENTER AND FORT KNOX KY

Personal Author(s) : Morningstar, James K.

PDF Url : ADA323568

Report Date : 01 APR 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 8

Abstract : The arrival of the JAVELIN fire-and-forget antitank missile can allow the combat units of the United States Army to maximize the effect of direct fires in tactical depth on the battlefield by employing skirmishers. Throughout history, successful armies have adopted forward-deployed missile systems as skirmishers to effectively harass, delay, and disrupt enemy formations. Cyclic trends in tactics and technology have caused us to replace skirmishers in current doctrine with indirect artillery, but with the advent of smart missiles for ground combat we should reinstate the skirmishers to their historically proper place on the battlefield.

Descriptors :   *ANTITANK MISSILES, *FIRE AND FORGET WEAPONS, LINE OF SIGHT, MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES), LAND WARFARE, MILITARY DOCTRINE, ENEMY, ARMY, TACTICAL WARFARE, ARTILLERY, GUNFIRE.

Subject Categories : Guided Missiles

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE