Theater Missile Defense: A Joint Enterprise
ARMS CONTROL AND DISARMAMENT AGENCY WASHINGTON DC
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When the first Patriot missile rose to meet an incoming Iraqi Scud during the Persian Gulf War, it heralded the age of anti-tactical missile defense. As ballistic missiles proliferate, theater missile defense TMD will continue to receive attention and resources while planners and commanders are considering its political and military implications. Because of missile proliferation in the post-Cold War world, the Strategic Defense Initiative SDI program was redirected in early 1991. The new focus was the development of defenses to protect not only the United States, but also our forces deployed overseas, power-projection forces, and allies and friends against accidental, unauthorized, or deliberate limited ballistic missile strikes, whatever their source. A residual presence abroad is inevitable for the foreseeable future to reassure our allies and maintain a sufficient infrastructure to rapidly expand our force structure if conditions demand. The deterrent value of such capabilities will be threatened without a defense against area ballistic missile threats. That protection will require a variety of TMD options as well as careful coordination among all the services, the NATO Alliance, and ad hoc coalition partners.
- Antimissile Defense Systems
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
- Command, Control and Communications Systems