USMC ISR: Preparing for the A2AD Threat
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE FORT LEAVENWORTH KS
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The United States Marine Corps continues to rely heavily on uncontested access to the electromagnetic spectrum to conduct intelligence operations. However, with the rise of state and non-state actors seeking to avoid our conventional strength and employ an anti-access and area denial strategy, that uncontested access will potentially be threatened. A host of relatively inexpensive technologies offer present and future adversaries the ability to exploit a real and damaging vulnerability. Such technologies include jammers, anti-satellite weapons and directed energy weapons, which pose a viable threat to the Marine Corps ability to provide near real-time intelligence support. While facing this looming threat, simultaneously, the United States Marine Corps faces substantial reductions in budget and manpower. In light of this unfolding reality, in order to maintain dominance throughout the global commons, immediate innovation is necessary. It must be combined with focused training within the framework of refined doctrinal and organizational changes.
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