Achieving Integrated Air and Missile Defense

  • Lieutenant Colonel Patrick M. Costello

The current strategic environment and threat pose an immense challenge for outnumbered Air and Missile Defense forces. It is not possible for U.S. forces to deter and defeat current ballistic missile threats alone. Building partner capacity and seeking opportunities to work together with partners and allies are mandates in current defense strategic guidance. Critical to meeting the evolving and expanding threat that ballistic missiles pose, is establishing an interoperable and Integrated Air and Missile Defense capability with partners that have purchased U.S. defense systems through Foreign Military Sales. However, current policy constraints limit the ways in which integration can be achieved, rendering the current strategy inept. Updating policy guidance and ensuring process synchronization offer a possible solution to attain synergy and enable burden sharing to partially mitigate the risk currently imposed by the supply versus demand imbalance.