Army Air and Missile Defense 2028

Friday, March 29, 2019

What is it?

The U.S. Army Air and Missile Defense (AMD) 2028 describes a holistic overview of Army AMD contributions to Army and joint missions. It provides the overarching vision for the AMD force and articulates what must be accomplished to achieve the AMD force of 2028.

What are the current and past efforts of the Army?

The Army has actively worked to improve air and missile defense capabilities:

  • Established air and missile defense as one of its top six modernization priorities and selected the configuration for the first four battalions of Mobile-Short Range Air Defense (M-SHORAD), and Iron Dome as the interim Indirect Fire Protection Capability.
  • Expanded air and missile defense capacity by activating the 38th Air Defense Artillery Brigade in Japan, establishing 5-4 ADA battalion (SHORAD) in Europe, and resourcing force structure for additional M-SHORAD battalions.
  • Published the 2018 Air Defense Artillery Training Strategy.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned?

To achieve the Air and Missile Defense force of 2028, the Army must continue to:

  • Modernize and develop AMD capabilities:

  • The Lower Tier Air and Missile Defense Sensor will replace the Patriot radar, providing expanded battlespace and exploiting the full kinematic capability of the Patriot Missile Segment Enhanced interceptor.

  • The Indirect Fire Protection Capability will provide transportable, multi-threat defense against cruise missiles, unmanned aircraft systems, rockets, artillery and mortars.

  • The Integrated Air Defense Battle Command System will fully integrate joint and multinational AMD capabilities across all echelons.

  • Build AMD capacity to support Multi-Domain Operations:

  • Establish four M-SHORAD battalions by fiscal year 2023, with a desired end state of 18 battalions

  • Organize future AMD forces into multi-mission battalions with a mix of capabilities and employ tailored force packages as the mission dictates

  • Provide trained and ready AMD forces:

  • Invest in training and developing flexible, adaptive AMD Soldiers and leaders who are able to master AMD's core competencies, expertly employ current systems, and fully exploit new capabilities as they are fielded.

  • Maintain a forward presence and build ally and partner capacity:

  • Work continuously with the multinational partners and allies to improve, modernize, and synergize our global AMD posture.

Why is this important to the Army?

The Air and Missile Defense force of 2028 will provide combatant commanders with a flexible, agile and integrated Air and Missile Defense force. This force will be capable of executing multi-domain operations and defending the homeland, regional joint and coalition forces, and critical assets in support of unified land operations.

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