For years the US Army neglected the field of Air Defense except for the Theater Ballistic Missile Defense mission. The assumption was that the USAF and US Navy would be able to achieve air superiority, and eventually air supremacy.
So with that in mind, how about this piece of news?http://www.pddnet.com/news/2016/03/us-army-fires-stinger-missile-new-interceptor-launch-platform
That’s a SAM launcher that sits on the back of an MTV truck. Kinda like a HIMARS system, except for Surface to Air instead of Surface to Surface.
The MML is mounted on a medium tactical vehicle. The launcher can rotate 360 degrees and elevate from 0-90 degrees. It consists of fifteen tubes, each of which can hold either a single large interceptor or multiple smaller interceptors.
That’s 15 to at least 30 missiles on the truck. That’s a pretty cool capability to have. And with the long shelf life of missiles (around ten years before being reconditioned or de-milled) this makes a perfect platform for the National Guard. It is a highly specialized combat skill that has an immediate homeland defense benefit, which will keep the capability in the inventory as a “strategic reserve.”
Unfortunately with the current draw down the National Guard is shrinking too. But a Company of these per state would be a huge benefit to the nation. Even if all they did was sit there in strategic reserve until they are replaced by something better in two or three decades, it’s something we don’t really have right now.