Roles and Relevance: Army Air and Missile (AMD) in the Post 9/11 World
Monograph rept. Jul 2006-Feb 2007
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES
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This monograph examines two critical issues one, guerilla air war and two, whether or not the existing US Army AMD structures can meet the challenge of such attacks and defeat them at the tactical level. The US Army has recently removed all tactical level AMD units. Army maneuver commanders do not posses organic surface to air systems that would enable them to engage current air threats from a guerilla air war. The US Armys AMD force has prepared for operational threats like TBMs, but these systems are judged to have limited value to the tactical commander. The monograph concludes with the argument that the removal of AMD units from the tactical level has left the Army dangerously and unnecessarily weak in certain respects. This has operational effects on the Army and the nation. As will be made clear, the Armys current AMD force is not integrated with the tactical level Army. The primary reason for this is the removal of AMD units from Corps and division level formations. By removing the AMD force from the tactical level, training has suffered and put the Army and its soldiers at risk. The most promising tactical system is C-RAM, which is revolutionizing the battlefield due to its ability to detect and destroy enemy artillery while in flight, however, C-RAM was an unexpected requirement. As a result, there are very few systems available and no clear plan for making C-RAM available to the rest of the larger Army structure. This study argues for the relevance and usefulness of mobile C-RAM systems that would allow greater protection of the Armys tactical formations, and reunite the AMD force with the tactical Army. Such a system structure would greatly enhance the Armys ability to engage and defeat guerilla air wars.
- Antimissile Defense Systems
- Guided Missiles