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Defense Primer: U.S. Precision-Guided Munitions [Updated August 25, 2020]   [open pdf - 532KB]

From the Document: "The Department of Defense (DOD) defines a precision-guided munition (PGM) as a 'guided weapon intended to destroy a point target and minimize collateral damage.' This includes air- and ship-launched missiles, multiple launched rockets, and guided bombs. PGMs typically use the global positioning system (GPS), laser guidance, or inertial navigation systems to improve a weapon's accuracy to reportedly less than 3 meters (approximately 10 feet). Recent operations have heavily relied on PGMs for counterinsurgency operations. The recent National Defense Strategy articulates a renewed focus on great power competition to combat anti-access/area denial (A2/AD) systems. The wide proliferation of A2/AD is likely to increase the operational utility of PGMs. In particular, peer competitors like China and Russia have developed sophisticated air defenses and anti-ship missiles that increase the risk to U.S. forces entering and operating in these regions. As a result, DOD has argued it requires longer-range precision munitions to meet these new threats."

Report Number:
CRS In Focus, IF11353
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2020-08-25
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Public Domain
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Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/
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