A New Approach to Ballistic Missile Defense for Countering Antiaccess/Area-Denial Threats from Precision-Guided Weapons
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Advanced capabilities in a variety of foreign weapon systems have prompted many discussions about antiaccess and area denial A2AD over the last decade. Such capabilities, which allow an adversary to apply force at greater ranges or with greater accuracy, will affect many aspects of allied campaign planning. This article addresses one subset of A2AD the new ballistic missile technologies that an enemy can use to hold even mobile forces at risk at ranges in excess of 1,000 kilometers km. This involves more than just China s antishipping ballistic missile and evidence exists that other countries are developing these technologies as well.1 If successful, they could have a significant effect on planned missile defense systems. In particular, a maneuvering threat will have a higher probability of hitting an undefended target, place more targets at risk, and have less susceptibility to interception.
- Antimissile Defense Systems