Solving the Problem of Time-Sensitive Targeting
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT
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The military community and defense contractors have developed an active interest in improving the militarys ability to destroy time-sensitive targets TST ever since the threat of Scud missile launchers during Operation Desert Storm in 1991. More recently the Yugoslavs demonstrated in Kosovo that adversaries are getting even better at protecting these important and dangerous targets by continually moving them, building vast numbers of decoys and using camouflage and concealment. This will only make the problem more difficult in the future. However, along with the adversaries improving their techniques to protect these targets, the United States military has developed enormous capabilities in Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance ISR Command and Control C2 communication and computer systems that have improved their ability to destroy these time-sensitive targets. The only major problem that remains is how to integrate all these capabilities into the most efficient time-sensitive target destroying machine. The answer is a time-sensitive targeting cell resident in the Combined Air Operations Center CAOC that builds a total picture from all of the ISR assets available, makes rapid decisions based on the information gathered, and assigns the right asset to destroy the fleeting target.
- Target Direction, Range and Position Finding
- Command, Control and Communications Systems