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The 2003 United States Army Posture Statement
Missile Defense

Robust Missile Defense is a vital warfighting requirement that protects both our homeland and our deployed forces. Missile Defense includes far more than a reactive capability to shoot down missiles in their reentry phase. Missile Defense requires a coherent system of sensors; battle command; weapons systems; and active, passive, proactive, and reactive operational concepts, all aimed at destroying enemy missiles – not only during their reentry phases. Missile Defense must also be able to destroy enemy missiles on the ground, before they launch or during their boost phase once launched. Missile Defense is inherently a joint capability to which The Army is a major contributor.

MIM-104 Patriot Air Defense Missile
MIM-104 Patriot Air Defense Missile

The Army is deploying and employing Ground Mobile Defense (GMD) assets to contribute to this warfighting capability, accelerating the fielding of the Patriot Advanced Capability 3 (PAC3) system, and developing directed energy weapons that will bring new defense measures to The Army and the Nation. We are postured to assume control of the Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) program in FY03 and intend to begin fielding by FY12.

MEADS is a transformational program of Objective Force quality and a significant improvement on Patriot’s capabilities. It will be more mobile and more deployable (C-130 capable) than Patriot and cover a 360-degree radius to Patriot’s 120 degrees. It will be effective against low radar, cross section cruise missile targets; and require only 30% of Patriot’s manpower. And MEADS will be more accurate and more sustainable than Patriot.


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