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Systems of Systems: What, Exactly, is an Integrated Air Defense System?

Mattes notes the term “integrated air defense system” (or IADS) is often defined incorrectly or out of the proper context for modern warfare. In order to solve the problem of highly capable air defenses, it is critical that both military mission planners and requisite intelligence personnel “have a common and correct understanding of what constitutes an IADS,” in order to be operationally relevant. Mattes works to clarify the definition of IADS in 21st century military operations, and highlight flawed assumptions about these systems that could lead to obsolete “IADS rollback” approaches in future conflicts. A modern IADS, he notes, is “far more complex than a singular surface-to-air missile,

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