theater missile


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theater missile

A missile, which may be a ballistic missile, a cruise missile, or an air-to-surface missile (not including short-range, non-nuclear, direct fire missiles, bombs, or rockets such as Maverick or wire-guided missiles), whose target is within a given theater of operation. Also called TM. See also joint theater missile defense.
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However, a US theater missile is unlikely to prove useful in effectively targeting Chinese mobile missiles, and while it could contribute to striking important fixed targets, other munitions and platforms may be capable of executing this mission.
Cooper, initiating ABL studies in November 1991, as one of many possible solutions to inadequate theater missile defense.
Indeed, Israel views its theater missile defense as so important that it is essentially the only arena of military operations in which the normally self-sufficient Israeli forces conduct extensive training and operations with other nations.
The historical legacy of attacks conducted by the Army Air Forces during Operation Crossbow is evident in Joint Publication (JP) 3-01.5, Doctrine for Joint Theater Missile Defense, which defines four operational elements of theater missile defense: passive defense; active defense; attack operations; and command, control, communications, computers, and intelligence ([C.sup.4]I).
Powered by SGI technology, the ARC is critical in assessing the projected, alternative and demonstrated performance capabilities of Theater Missile Defense and National Missile Defense systems.
In addition to the new radar, the RMP/Advanced Hawkeyes will also have theater missile defense capabilities, multisensor integration, a tactical cockpit, new communications suite and generators, improved identification-friend-or-foe system, and an updated mission computer and software.
or Japan by name, his comments reflect Beijing's nervousness over the stepping up of joint plans by the two allies for Japan to develop a theater missile defense (TMD) system.
Richard Myers, called the Navy Area program "essential to national security" and indicated to the under secretary that the chief of naval operations and commandant of the Marine Corps considered it "the number one priority among theater missile defense systems." There are, wrote Myers, "no alternatives to this program that would provide equal or greater value at less cost."
The United States is conducting a joint study with Japan on a theater missile defense system and regards South Korea's cooperation indispensable to ensure an effective missile defense system in Northeast Asia, defense analysts said.
a newer version of the Patriot theater missile defense system," note Bernier, a staff member of the Institute for National Strategic Studies at the National Defense University, in Washington, and Keohane, a Visiting Research Fellow at the Western European Union Institute for Security Studies, in Paris.
There has also been talk of theater missile defense in North Asia, which could have similar effects throughout Asia, and theater missile defense in the Middle East, which would underline the nuclear imbalance in the region.
This includes both permissive and nonpermissive environments and specifically covers the passive defense aspects of theater missile defense for which the Chemical Corps is the proponent.

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