Accession Number : AD1026158

Title :   Big Missiles and Big Decks: The Viability of Aircraft Carriers in an A2/AD World

Descriptive Note : Technical Report

Corporate Author : Naval Postgraduate School Monterey United States

Personal Author(s) : Coffman,Robert Jr A

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Report Date : 01 Jun 2016

Pagination or Media Count : 65

Abstract : This thesis analyzes the implications of modern anti-access/area denial (A2/AD) capabilities on the use of aircraft carriers in executing U.S. maritime strategy. The objective is to determine if there are historical lessons from previous U.S. experiences with A2/AD capabilities that bear relevance on the current debate. Additionally, it analyzes several proposed alternatives to the aircraft carrier. It argues that there are several relevant lessons from previous A2/AD challenges with aircraft carriers and the United States ability to conduct sea control and power projection, and that none of the aircraft carrier alternatives can sufficiently provide the necessary capabilities across a range of military operations. It concludes that incorporating innovative employment of carrier strike groups in an A2/AD environment, while also pursuing advancements in the air wings operating range, provides a viable solution to redressing theA2/AD threat.

Descriptors :   area denial , MARITIME SECURITY OPERATIONS , fighter aircraft , aircraft equipment , bomber aircraft , air power , naval aviation , aircraft carriers , ANTIBALLISTIC MISSILES , fixed wing aircraft , Command and Control , surveillance

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE