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Theater Missile Defense: Reflections for the Future   [open pdf - 790KB]

The two distinctive Theater Missile Defense (TMD) lessons that emerged from the Gulf War were (1) that missiles will play a significant role in future wars, and (2) that locating, targeting, and destroying mobile missile transporter-erector-launchers (TEL) is both time and resource intensive. Yet before the United States Air Force develops new TMD doctrine, tactics, techniques, and procedures, it would serve us well to first reflect on the past. Major topics of the article include Background information, Crossbow Campaign, The Great SCUD Chase, and Future Considerations. Author concludes that if the Air Force is to remain the leader in air and space power, it must require its members to become better students of history. While not yielding specific doctrinal templates, history does provide fertile ground for developing judgement. If Air Force leadership and doctrine are to remain reliable and relevant to the future, our understanding of history must prove equally as sound.

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Airpower Journal (Winter 1996)
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