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Employing Land-Based Anti-Ship Missiles in the Western Pacific

Employing Land-Based Anti-Ship Missiles in the Western Pacific

Terrence K. Kelly
Anthony Atler
Todd Nichols
Lloyd Thrall
Copyright Date: 2013
Published by: RAND Corporation
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    Employing Land-Based Anti-Ship Missiles in the Western Pacific
    Book Description:

    Land-based anti-ship missiles (ASMs) feature prominently in the capabilities of many island nations in the Western Pacific, but the United States currently lacks such systems. This report illustrates the potential strategic advantages of the United States working with partners to build a coalition ASM capability, particularly in the event of a conflict with China, and includes an assessment of logistical challenges and positioning approaches.

    eISBN: 978-0-8330-7833-9
    Subjects: Technology, Business, Transportation Studies

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-ii)
  2. Preface
    (pp. iii-iv)
  3. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
  4. Figures
    (pp. vii-viii)
  5. Tables
    (pp. ix-x)
  6. Summary
    (pp. xi-xviii)
  7. Acknowledgments
    (pp. xix-xx)
  8. Abbreviations
    (pp. xxi-xxii)
  9. Land-Based Anti-Ship Missiles in the Western Pacific
    (pp. 1-20)

    In his strategic defense guidance of January 2012, President Obama declared that U.S. economic and security interests are “inextricably linked to the developments in the arc extending from the Western Pacific and East Asia into the Indian Ocean and South Asia.”¹ In doing so, he shifted the U.S. focus to the Indian and Pacific Oceans and provided a set of precepts that will shape the future orientation of the joint force.²

    This shift in strategic priorities to East Asia was preceded by a growing literature about the threat to the ability of the United States to project and sustain power...

  10. APPENDIX A Selected Anti-Ship Missiles Capable of Being Launched from Ground-Based Platforms
    (pp. 21-22)
  11. APPENDIX B Geospatial Analysis of ASM Capabilities in Strategic Asian Waterways
    (pp. 23-28)
  12. Bibliography
    (pp. 29-32)