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Artillery, missiles, rockets improve Army long-range capabilities

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Te Army is pursuing artillery, missile and rocket advances that could give long-range capabilities at a battalion level, and have shore-based, concealed systems with surface-to-surface, surface-to-air and surface-to-ship abilities, Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, Jr., said May 24 during a discussion of land force and maritime operations.

Speaking at the Association of the U.S. Army’s LANPAC Symposium and Exposition in Honolulu, Hawaii., McMaster said such an Army land-based battery would have advantages over sea-based missiles by being prepositioned, and would present potential adversaries with “multiple dilemmas.” 

“We have a draft concept coming soon,” said McMaster, Army Training and Doctrine Command deputy commanding general for futures and the Army Capabilities Integration Center director.

His remarks came in a discussion about the need to use joint-service capabilities to gain advantage over potential adversaries, who may have the same or better technology than the U.S. but lack the double- or triple-punch the U.S. can bring to a fight.

Potential enemies will try to disrupt areas where the U.S. may have an advantage, will create or steal similar or better technologies and will try to extend the fight into new battlegrounds, such as cyber warfare, he said. 

Having some redundancy in capabilities will provide the U.S. advantages, McMaster said.

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Speaking at the Association of the U.S. Army’s LANPAC Symposium, Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster Jr. said the Army is pursuing advances in artillery, missile and rocket technology.
(AUSA News photo by Luc Dunn)