Airbase Vulnerability to Conventional Cruise-Missile and Ballistic-Missile Attack: Technology, Scenarios, and USAF Responses

Airbase Vulnerability to Conventional Cruise-Missile and Ballistic-Missile Attack: Technology, Scenarios, and USAF Responses

by John Stillion, David T. Orletsky

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Overview

As part of a two-year effort to develop an expansive construct of air and space power in the early twenty-first century that capitalizes on forthcoming air and space technologies and concepts of operation and is effective against adversaries with diverse economies, cultures, political institutions, and military capabilities, the research team investigated the possibility that future adversaries might be able to mount effective missile attacks on U.S. Air Force (USAF) main operating bases in critical regions. This report does not assess the relative vulnerabilites of various force elements and facilities; instead, it aids the USAF in addressing a potential vulnerability of its in-theater bases: highly accurate attacks against USAF aircraft on parking ramps at such bases made possible by the proliferation of Global Positioning System (GPS) guidance and submunition warhead technologies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780833027009
Publisher: RAND Corporation
Publication date: 02/01/1999
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 6.34(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.30(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter One: Introduction Purpose Organization Chapter Two: Emerging Threat Technologies The Eagles in Their Nests Potential Ballistic- and Cruise-Missile Threats Improving Accuracy with GPS Improving Lethality The Low, Slow Killer—A Cheap and Effective Anti-Airfield Cruise Missile Chapter Three: Illustrative Scenario and Implications A New War in the Gulf Missile Attacks Against USAF Assets In Sum Chapter Four: Defensive Responses to An Enemy-Missile Threat Passive Defenses Active Defenses Chapter Five: Stand-Off Options Short-Term Stand-Off Options Long-Term Stand-Off Options Chapter Six: Conclusions Appendix A. DAMAGE CALCULATION FOR PARKED AIRCRAFT B. SORTIE-RATE MODEL C. FAST, LONG-RANGE-ATTACK AIRCRAFT Bibliography ———————————————————————————————————————- -

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