From: Washington D.C.
While I'm not sure I agree with the specifics of the concept they're describing (they're just lieutenants!) there is a general movement towards equipping US CRUDES with ASCMs for a stronger offensive capability balanced with the ongoing need for defense against cruise missiles, aircraft, submarines and ballistic missiles. Already there's Tomahawk MST, LRASM, Harpoon II, NSM and the SM-6 can be used in an ASuW mode as well. All or any of these are either already integrated on US CRUDES, are being considered, or are being planned on.
I don't think the "alone and unafraid" model of hunting SAGs is a particularly smart one, though. When you've got a thousand mile ASCM, who does the targeting? Satellites? MPA? UAS? Helicopters? Submarines? A combination of all of them? Also, the mobility of warships in the age of missiles is basically irrelevant. A 15-20kt DDG is never going to successfully get out of the way of a 500 knot cruise missile, especially given how little warning they might have. That's not even discussing the possibility of supersonic or even hypersonic threats. Furthermore, who is going to protect them from submarines? Themselves? VLA is cutting it awful close. The helo is one more layer. Now we've got to add more MPA in... which is competing for MPA support with the carrier. That won't work.
Also, with VLS tubes, every offensive missile you put in the tube is a defensive missile you could be using. You're not going to go with nothing but offensive missiles. You're still going to be carrying SM-6, ESSM, and VLA for self defense, as well as TLAM for offensive strikes against land targets. How do you balance that loadout? The ability to balance your ability to absorb any raid from the enemy (or sequence of raids) versus your ability to successfully strike them is going to dictate your salvo size. The defensive missiles dictate your endurance within the enemy WEZ, because if they start to get low, you're forced to withdraw. The longer you're able to operate in the enemy WEZ, the less effective you are offensively.
< Message edited by SeaQueen -- 8/6/2019 4:31:14 PM >