• Protection of logistic and amphibious assault ships against the variety of antiship cruise missiles that can be launched against them from land, sea, or air;

  • Protection of logistic and amphibious ships against the proliferating numbers of modern, quiet submarines that will be held by potential opponents;

  • Provision for launch warning and SOPs for passive defense actions to take when hostile ballistic missiles are launched against the amphibious force; and

  • Capabilities for Navy and Marine Corps littoral warfare forces to contribute to effective retaliation in case weapons of mass destruction are used, and to mitigate their effects if they are used against our forces.

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