The Army’s multimission launcher (part of the indirect-fire protection program) will provide 360-degree protection and engage threats arriving from different azimuths simultaneously. To meet budget goals, the initial system will employ existing interceptors and sensors, limiting development and testing mainly to the fire-control system, launcher, and system integration. (U.S. Army/John Andrew Hamilton)
With international proliferation of aircraft and missile threats growing, the Marine Corps finds itself at a crossroads. Its rebranding as an agent for sea control in contemporary expeditionary advanced base operations (EABO) doctrine creates an opportunity to recapture an expeditionary air-defense capability that was a crucial 20th-century Marine Corps capability. Expeditionary air defense continues to demonstrate its effectiveness in response to present-day crises—as Russian deployment of long-range S-300 and S-400 missile systems to Syria and Chinese deployment of the HQ-9 missile system to the South China Sea show.