Strike warfare is a term rarely used in the media and almost never explained, although reports of conflicts often describe its application or effects. To provide readers with a better appreciation for this powerful military capability, Dale E. Knutsen defines the term and traces its development. The book opens with a discussion of strike warfare operations and addresses the targets, defenses, resources, and steps required to prosecute an attack. The second half of the book describes how strike weapons are developed. The author’s goal is to eliminate the uncertainty, mystery, and outright fiction that sometimes exist in various explanations of the term. Knutsen closes with some thoughts about lessons learned and trends for the future.
Dale E. Knutsen was a part of the strike weapons development community for three decades, serving primarily at the U.S. Navy’s airborne weapons establishment at China Lake, CA, and winning several awards for his work. He makes his home in northern California.
Praise for Strike Warfare in the 21st Century
“This is a thoroughly professional but readable book that explains the US Navy’s current arsenal of strike weapons and their specialized uses. I thoroughly recommend it to anyone with an interest in contemporary naval operations.”
— Naval Books of the Year column in Warship, 2013
“Knutsen draws upon his many years of experience to explain the full spectrum of strike warfare to the professional, the student, and the layman.”
—Sterling Haaland, former executive director (1993–1998), Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, China Lake
“Mr. Knutsen expertly describes the tactical application of strike warfare and the DoD acquisition process. I highly recommend Strike Warfare in the 21st Century for those already in and those contemplating a career in weapons system development and acquisition.”
—Rear Adm. J. V. Chenevey, USN (Ret.)
“Dale Knutsen, a longtime associate, has the unique discipline and vast weapons system knowledge to take on this much-needed and valuable work. His long and honored weapons system development career has especially qualified him to speak to this broad subject. I applaud his willingness to set aside enormous retirement time to make an often misunderstood subject easily grasped by the ordinary reader interested in how the United States military conducts strike warfare in the 21st century.”
—Gerald O. Miller, former deputy PEO/technical director, Navy Cruise Missile Program (Tomahawk), Department Head Naval Warfare Center, Dahlgren, and program manager and project engineer, various weapon systems, Naval Weapon Center, China Lake
“This book is a very well written, easy-to-read introduction to strike warfare, its weapons, and how they are acquired. Dale does a great job of describing the complexities of strike warfare at an introductory level as well as addressing the challenges of developing the associated strike weapons. It's a must-read for any newcomer who will be working in the acquisition and support of new weapons systems, from young engineers to contract specialists and all in between.”
—Mel Foremaster, former technical director, Naval Strike Warfare Center/Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center, NAS Fallon, Nevada