Accession Number:

ADA422370

Title:

Command Structure of the Ballistic Missile Defense System

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2004-03-01

Pagination or Media Count:

89.0

Abstract:

The United States is embarking on a course of designing and fielding a Ballistic Missile Defense System BMDS to protect the United States and her citizenry against ballistic missile attacks. The BMDS will need a Command and Control, Battle Management, and Communications C2BMC organizationsystem to support military and national decision makers in times of crisis. The C2BMC also must be able to react quickly once a missile event has occurred. This thesis will cover the doctrinal issues with merging Theater Missile Defense TMD and the National Missile Warning System into one system, how the Unified Command Plan affects missile defense efforts, the lessons learned from Desert Storm, and presents alternative chains of command that might allow the BMDS to engage threat missiles in a timely and efficient manner. Preliminary findings indicate that a flattened chain of command for missile defense forces seems to be a positive starting point for the initial deployment of the BMDS. 7 figures, 50 refs.

Subject Categories:

  • Antimissile Defense Systems
  • Surface-Launched Guided Missiles
  • Command, Control and Communications Systems

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE