Accession Number : ADA468155


Title :   Crossbow and Gulf War Counter-Scud Efforts: Lessons from History


Corporate Author : AIR UNIV MAXWELL AFB AL


Personal Author(s) : Kipphut, Mark E


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a468155.pdf


Report Date : Feb 2003


Pagination or Media Count : 44


Abstract : As a result of Gulf War efforts countering Saddam Hussein's short- range ballistic missiles (SRBM), theater missile defense (TMD) has emerged as a leading doctrinal issue. Our inability to halt Scud attacks spurred a virtual cottage industry. Pundits and prognosticators of all shapes and sizes are offering insights into how we should best counter this new threat. The two distinctive TMD lessons that emerged from the Gulf War were (1) that missiles will play a significant role in future wars, and (2) that locating, targeting, and destroying mobile missile transporter- erector-launchers (TEL) is both time and resource intensive. Yet before the United States Air Force (USAF) develops new TMD doctrine, tactics, techniques, and procedures, it would serve us well to first reflect on the past.


Descriptors :   *GUIDED MISSILES , *THEATER MISSILE DEFENSE , *IRAQI WAR , CARGO VEHICLES , WARFARE , AIR FORCE , UNITED STATES , LESSONS LEARNED , THREATS , DESTRUCTION , TARGETING


Subject Categories : Antimissile Defense Systems


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE