Accession Number:

ADA463406

Title:

"Heads, Not Tails:" How Best to Engage Theater Ballistic Missiles

Descriptive Note:

Occasional paper no. 53

Corporate Author:

AIR WAR COLL MAXWELL AFB AL

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2006-02-01

Pagination or Media Count:

72.0

Abstract:

Defending against theater and intercontinental ballistic missiles, potentially carrying nuclear, biological or chemical weapons, requires 100 effectiveness anything less continues to afford our enemies weapons of mass effect. If the U.S. is to be successful in answering this threat, a re-evaluation of boost phase intercept BPI options is in order. This paper highlights the ballistic missile threat and joint defense systems provides an assessment of those systems re-evaluates BPI merits and proposes a kinetic boost phase solution with concept of operations to bridge the potential fielding of space-base weapons. Early engagement provides better, faster, cheaper and less destabilizing missile defense capability. Heads, not tails sounds a call to the Missile Defense Agency, Strategic Command and all Services to commit to producing BPI capability first kinetic, then directed energy, ahead of other systems and upgrades.

Subject Categories:

  • Antimissile Defense Systems
  • Guided Missiles

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE