Joint Theater Missile Defense Strategy
NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV WASHINGTON DC INST FOR NATIONAL STRATEGIC STUDIES
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Theater ballistic missile TBM defense was first used operationally during Desert Storm in response to Iraqi Scud attacks against Saudi Arabia and Israel. Since there was no joint doctrine or concept of operations for theater missile defense TMD, the commander in chief CINC decided what to protect with limited assets. It was readily apparent, though, that TMD was a joint mission. Not only were Army Patriot missiles deployed on land, but the Air Force flew thousands of sorties in operations against mobile Scuds as satellites provided warning and cuing information, and Navy Aegis-equipped ships tracked enemy ballistic missiles. This treatment of the role of TBM defense in theater strategy and operational art highlights Joint Pub 3-01.5, Doctrine for Joint Theater Missile Defense. However it goes beyond doctrine by exploring operational considerations for employing TMD in various phases of combat. Finally, some background is provided on TMD in national military strategy.
- Antimissile Defense Systems
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics