Access Control Point Defense
. Access control points are an opportunity for cadets to be exposed to the difficulties of defending a fixed site and making difficult tactical, ethical, and cultural decisions at a high-visibility location--the front gate of an American compound.
More than that, the intermediate utility of point defense
would put the Russians at a disadvantage.
Further advancement in laser technology has resulted in the Mobile THEL (MTHEL) as a point defense
weapon that can be displaced to a base, key operational node, or population center to engage and destroy RAM threats for force protection.
However, all the weapons mentioned are "point defense
" gear, meaning they have to be located within a few kilometers of the point they are defending in contrast to an area defense system, which can guard a very large area.
When we first started coming, we concentrated on point defense
. Each year we've been able to build on the previous scope and complexity of the exercise, progressing from static defense and gate guard duties, which the Navy Reserves picked up from us, to the more traditional infantry tasks of recon and assault on objectives to guarantee free harbor operations."
effort include: (1) improvements to PATRIOT (PAC-3) and the new ERINT missile for point defense
; (2) THAAD for wide-area theater defense; and (3) AEGIS/SM-2 Block IVA for tactical missile defense from the sea.
It includes a menu of lethal and non-lethal capabilities for conducting raids, reconnaissance, crowd control, point defense
and force protection missions.
No ally has a missile shielding capability beyond basic point defense
, and all rely on the United States to provide upper-tier protection of forward deployed multinational forces.
CEC-Compatible Sensors Radar Platform APS-145 E-2C Hawkeye Spy-1 Aegis ships SPS-48 Navy ships (long range, 3-D, air search) SPS-49 Navy ships (long range, 2-D, air search) SPS-67 Navy ships (short range, 2-D, surface search) SPQ-9B Navy ships (point defense
) TPS-59 Marine Corps (3-D, air search) MPQ-53 Army (Patriot missile)