America should integrate a strike capability with its missile defense systems to defeat incoming threats

Sept. 18, 2020
Pentagon leaders advocate better integration of missile defenses with offensive forces to defeat enemy missiles in the air and launchers on the ground.

WASHINGTON – This summer, U.S. Army air defense artillery units in the New Mexico desert have been detecting, tracking and shooting down ballistic and cruise missile targets. C4ISRnet reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

18 Sept. 2020 -- These efforts are testing, with considerable success, their Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System (IBCS), and its ability to tie together diverse sensors and interceptors for missile defense .

The keyword here is integrate. Something of a Pentagon buzzword, neither the meaning of integration nor its future potential for countering air and missile threats is adequately understood.

As defense budget constraints begin to bite, the challenge is to find innovative approaches for offensive strike that will defeat enemy missile threats without breaking the bank.

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John Keller, chief editor
Military & Aerospace Electronics

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