Accession Number : ADA325029

Title :   The Future of Surface Combatants in Operational Planning: Operational Overreach?

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI

Personal Author(s) : Boxall, Ronald A.

PDF Url : ADA325029

Report Date : 05 MAR 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 28

Abstract : Surface combatants, with their ability to independently act as strike platforms and perform tactical ballistic missile defense, have become key elements of operational planning. As these combatants try to fulfill these new roles, in addition to satisfying traditional ones, there may be a shortage of available ships in theater to accomplish all the operational needs of planners. This paper discusses the operational utility of surface combatant forces to operational planners and warns of potential future operational overreach for the force.

Descriptors :   *FRIGATES, *NAVAL WARFARE, *DESTROYERS, *CRUISERS, COMBAT EFFECTIVENESS, MILITARY STRATEGY, ANTIMISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEMS, COMBAT READINESS, MILITARY CAPABILITIES, THREAT EVALUATION, JOINT MILITARY ACTIVITIES, NAVAL PLANNING, NATIONAL DEFENSE, BATTLE MANAGEMENT, MILITARY ART.

Subject Categories : Naval Surface Warfare

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE