A Vision for Joint Theater Air and Missile Defense
NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV WASHINGTON DC INST FOR NATIONAL STRATEGIC STUDIES
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Joint operations will call for ever greater levels of interoperability. The need for improved interoperability to counter theater level air and missile threats will be especially acute. Cooperation between air and missile defense organizations and weapons systems features separate engagement zones and depends on coordination and procedures to reduce conflicts between systems. However, future conflicts will necessitate rapid and effective interaction among system components as well as integrated information generated by them. They will also demand that these systems operate within a coherent framework to produce capabilities for joint warfighters while capitalizing on the synergy inherent within a class of air and missile defense systems. Even though the Persian Gulf War established clear technical and tactical superiority by the United States over enemy aircraft, the need for a new approach to integrated air and missile defense that embraces improved interoperability and addresses emerging threats became increasingly clear in the last decade.
- Defense Systems
- Guided Missiles