U.S. military bases located abroad are extremely vulnerable to attack, according to analysts of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, CSBA. According to them, it would be especially easy for Russia and China to penetrate their defense.
The U.S. now has more than 800 military bases. Previously, the Pentagon usually viewed limited ballistic and cruise missile attacks from countries such as the DPRK and Iran as its main threats.
But analysts argue that a more serious army, such as the Russian or Chinese, would penetrate the defenses of these bases by launching large numbers of missiles or drones.
The current air and missile defenses of the bases were developed during the Cold War. However, potential U.S. adversaries have made serious progress in modernizing their strike capabilities.
In particular, China has 1,200 short-range ballistic missiles and another 200-300 munitions that can reach the second island chain in the South China Sea. We should not forget about a thousand land-based cruise missiles with a range of at least 1,500 kilometers. China’s fleet of H-6 strategic bombers is also very dangerous. In the long term, there may also be H-20 stealth aircraft, which are already capable of striking on U.S. territory itself.
As for Russia, it is a threat to American military facilities in Europe. Now the Russian Federation has a large arsenal of tactical nuclear weapons. There are Iskander-M short-range ballistic complexes, as well as a wide range of land-, sea- and air-launched cruise missiles. And Russia’s latest hypersonic strike systems are of particular concern to Washington.
Against this background, the analysts remember how the Americans could not even repel the Iranian missile strikes on the base in Iraq in January 2020.
Now, according to experts, to reliably protect military bases from attacks of a serious enemy, it is necessary to develop the concept of multi-layered missile defense using advanced technologies.
In particular, it is proposed to create a network of unmanned aerial vehicles with powerful sensors. They would be able to cruise autonomously and track the possible routes of cruise missiles.
Fighters and drones with long-range air-to-air interceptor missiles would then step in. They would be able to intercept ballistic targets in the boost phase as well as destroy cruise missiles on the far approaches to the base. Some drones would be equipped with advanced solid-propellant lasers rated at 100 to 150 kilowatts.