Changing of the Guard: Restoring Regional Access Despite the Theater Ballistic Missile Threat
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT
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Over the last decade, the threats to U.S. forces and allies from countries that can employ large quantities of theater ballistic missiles TBMs during regional, anti-access operations have increased significantly. TBMs threaten traditional U.S. strengths of maritime dominance and air superiority while limiting power projection capabilities. This paper proposes the use of guided missile submarines SSGNs and low observable surface vessels LOSVs to restore access and provide sufficient time for force buildup during phase II operations before decisively engaging the enemy during phase III. It demonstrates that the application of operational art with the reliance on the principles of maneuver and concealment will enable theater commanders to deploy a countervailing strategy against the TBM threat and restore regional power balances. Finally, the paper draws conclusions concerning the effectiveness of current BMD systems during an anti-access campaign, and recommends a review of DODs current one shot, one kill interceptor strategy and provides guidance for the best placement of theater interceptors.
- Guided Missiles