The Role of ATACMS in JFACC Planned Deep Operation.
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MIL ITARY STUDIES
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This monograph discusses the role of The Army Tactical Missile System ATACMS in JFACC planned deep operations. Since Operation Desert Storm, all of the services have been involved in a debate over their respective roles and missions. Part of this debate has been who should control ATACMS and how should it be used in the deep fight. This monograph assumes that the JFACC will be responsible to the JFC for controlling the deep fight and will need to employ ATACMS to conduct effective operations. This monograph begins by attempting to establish a definition of deep operations that is acceptable to both the Army and the Air Force in order to establish some form of deep fight boundaries. Once the definition is established, the monograph analyzes the command and control procedures that were employed by the JFACC, under direction of the JFC, in Operation Desert Storm. Next, the monograph compares the capabilities of ATACMS with other weapons systems that are available to the JFACC. Using this frame of reference, it discusses when the JFACC may need to employ ATACMS instead of other weapon systems. Command and control procedures are also examined to determine if they are sufficient for ATACMS or if they need to be modified. Finally, the monograph considers various considerations in Army and Air Force deep operations that may enhance the effective employment of ATACMS and deep operations in general.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
- Guided Missiles
- Command, Control and Communications Systems