Working Group 9: Air and Missile Defense


(Updated 1 October 2014)

Purpose:  The purpose of the Air and Missile Defense Working Group (WG) is to provide a forum for advancing the quality of analysis to address real world challenges in integrated air and missile defense (IAMD).  The IAMD mission area spans threats to the Joint force from rockets, artillery and mortars to manned and unmanned air vehicles to cruise missiles to intercontinental ballistic missiles.  It is enabled by a robust command and control architecture that can remain viable against advanced threats that include offensive cyber attack, electronic attack and denial of space operations.  Professional interchange, collaboration and development opportunities within this WG can: (1) educate members on new techniques and approaches to analysis, (2) suggest appropriate methodologies to derive requirements for future systems, (3) inform development of new concepts of operations (CONOPS) and ; tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs), and (4) enhance the quality of analysis through incorporation of disciplines such as systems engineering.  The global security environment, comprised of state and non-state actors, is exceedingly complex and potentially more dangerous, challenging today’s operations research analysts to develop critical ways of thinking to answer the world’s most vexing security challenges associated with integrated air and missile defense.

Discussion:  Proliferation of new and sophisticated technologies for missiles, guidance systems, and warheads along with continued political turbulence has increased the potential missile threat to the US Homeland as well as our deployed Joint force.  From a regional perspective, IAMD is encompasses the protection of US, Allied, and Coalition deployed forces, critical infrastructure, and US interests.  IAMD planning integrates (a) air and missile defense operations against indirect fires, aircraft, unmanned air vehicles (UAVs), ballistic and cruise missiles, (b) offensive and defensive counter air; (c) protection against cyber and electronic attack, (d) the supporting command and control architecture, to include space systems and (e) consequence management.  The availability of ballistic missiles, cruise missiles. UAVs, and numerous variants of air-to-surface and surface-to-surface missiles pose an expanding threat of attacks on rear echelons, support bases and critical infrastructure. The threat of terrorism, both state-sponsored and autonomous, remains an area of significant concern.

WG 9 will address the Homeland and Regional defense missions considering IAMD capabilities, multi-role, multi-mission defense systems, and joint interoperability.  All aspects of threat negation will be considered; from deployment of defensive systems to offensive counter-air to integration of space and cyber Warfare.  Other critical aspects WG 09 will address are cross-area of responsibility support and the interdependencies of Homeland and defense of deployed forces.

Other Working Groups: Candidates for joint discussions with WG 9 include:

·      WG 1 Strategic National Security Analysis

·      WG 2 Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Advanced Explosives (CBRNE) Defense

·      WG 4 Homeland Security, Homeland Defense, and Civil Support

·      WG-5 Information and Cyber Operations

·      WG 6 Battle Management Command and Control (BMC2)

·      WG-7 ISR and Intelligence

·      WG 10 Joint Campaign Analysis

·      WG 11 Land and Expeditionary Warfare

·      WG 12 Maritime Operations

·      WG 13 Power Projection and Strike

·      WG 14 Air Warfare