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Countering Mobile Missiles: Holding the Entire Launch Cycle at Risk

Kemp notes that theater ballistic missiles (TBMs) operated by both near peer powers, such as China and Russia, and regional militaries, such as Iran and North Korea, represent “an increasingly complex challenge” since finding countermeasures for these weapons must take a varied strategy. To supplement missile defense systems, new solutions and capabilities should be targeted at TBMs both before and after they launch—part of an overall theater strategy to blunt their effectiveness in combat. In his paper, Kemp explores the history of the modern TBM threat, dating back to Operation Desert Storm, and how these weapons are in fact complex systems not just missiles on mobile launchers, with assoc

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