TABLE 5-1 Recommended Missile Defense CONOPS and Function Delegation

Phase of Threat Function Command Level Intelligence Surveillance Sensors
Peacetime Surveillance Approve doctrine and ROE for lower levels Monitor developments and assess capabilities, order of battle, and intentions Broad area surveillance
Heightened tensions Alert Increase DEFCON level Estimate intentions and tactics of adversary Respond to DEFCON status with focus on adversary AOR
Threat launch and powered flight TWAA Delegate defense authority to appropriate COCOM Determine adversary’s remaining assets, locations, and capabilities Determine raid size, throw weight, impact prediction, missile typing. Cue defense acquisition and tracking sensors
Threat midcourse flight Defense acquisition, tracking, and engagement planning Monitor Support NCA/COCOM response and contingency planning Maintain surveillance for follow-on attacks from same or other sources
Engage and plan 2nd shot Monitor
  Target designation Implement contingency plan images/nec-9-1.png images/nec-9-2.png
  Postdesignation assessment Response plan
Intercept Monitor
Reentry Follow-on engagements Terminal engagement within atmosphere Monitor

NOTE: AOR, area of responsibility; ROE, rules of engagement; NCA, National Command Authority; COCOM, combatant commander; TWAA, tactical warning and attack assessment; DEFCON, Defense Readiness Condition.

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