What to Do About That Pack of Wolves at the Door: A Binational Organization and Acquisitions Approach to Homeland Cruise Missile Defense
Joint Forces Staff College Norfolk United States
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This thesis examines the increasing capability and proliferation of land attack cruise missiles LACMswithin the context of the changing geopolitical environment. The research analyzes the current state of NORADs homeland cruise missile defense apparatus with respect to its organization and technical capability. The principle argument is that land attack cruise missiles are becoming increasingly lethal, accurate, stealthy, prolific, easy to employ, and difficult to detect. The United States and Canada lack a sufficiently robust cruise missile defense system capable of defending the homeland against a wave of LACMs. This thesis recommends the United States empower a single defense organization to lead a binational team to develop, acquire, and deploy a comprehensive cruise missile defense system within NORAD. It asserts that emerging directed energy weapons should be integrated with existing kinetic systems to create a layered cruise missile defense for the homeland.