Land Based Anti-Ship Missiles: A Complementary Capability for Maintaining Access in an Anti-Access/Area Denial Environment
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES
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A Land Based Anti-Ship Missile LASM complements existing Navy and Air Force weapons systems and enhances defensive flexible deterrent options for the National Command Authority NCA. Complementary military capabilities across domains air, land, sea, space, cyber increases strategic and operational agility by presenting a range of options that increase opportunity and reduce risk. China has developed anti-accessarea denial A2AD capabilities that attempt to neutralize an adversaries technological advantages and prevent access into their near seas. This monograph uses two case studies to demonstrate an ability to innovate 1973 Arab-Israeli War with the Assault Breaker program and the ATACMS missile and a failure to innovate 1982 Falklands War with land based weapons systems in an A2AD environment. This study concluded that the Army should be included in a modern Assault Breaker program that is currently funded between DARPA and the United States Navy. It also determined that the development and deployment of a LASM with a 499-kilometer range employed from a MLRS or HIMARS supports the advocated capability mentioned above, thirteen out of the thirty critical capabilities noted in the Joint Operational Access Concept JOAC, and the ability to maintain a position of continuing advantage by enabling access in contested domains.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
- Guided Missiles