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Patriot Interceptor Missiles & F-35s Could Defend NATOs Eastern Flank Together

F-35s and Patriot anti-missile defense technologies are being sent to Poland

By Kris Osborn - President & Editor-In-Chief, Warrior Maven

While many watch the unfolding and tragic war situation in Ukraine, some are paying close attention to just how exactly NATO was reinforcing its eastern flank, to send a very clear message of deterrence to Putin.

Defending NATO 

Clearly, for months now, the concept of defending NATO and Article Five, ensuring collective security has been front and center and a red line of sorts, a huge priority for the West for the US and NATO. 

So they're not only F-35s sent to the eastern flank, which of course by themselves could present a bit of a deterrent, but now Patriot antiaircraft missiles and anti-missile defense technologies are also being sent to Poland. 

And what's significant about this is not only can it take out short to intermediate range ballistic missiles, which the Pentagon says are being fired into Ukraine so in this sense, it could protect the European perimeter of NATO, but it also has a network capability to do what's called cross domain, air and air and missile defense systems. 

IBCS

There's a system the Army's developing called Integrated Battle Command System IBCS. It's still in the developmental phase, but the prospect exists for an F-35 to network for instance, with a patriot radar system. 

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The concept is to have a web of mesh nodes that's multi-domain. So that air ground radar Weapon System interceptors, fifth generation air support, and interestingly in an innovative way, even Aegis radar at surface fire when it comes to the Navy. So there's a whole concept of sharing real time targeted information to truncate what they call sensor to shooter time, so while this technology is now emerging and may not be fully operational in the sense that it will be in the future. 

The conceptual concept and the technical foundation to network air defense and offensive attack operations in real time, using secure hardened networking and artificial intelligence to take gather intelligence, data information from otherwise disparate sensor pools, pull it into a common area, analyze it, organize it and render recommendations might say as to which sensor might be best suited for which shooter. 

JADC2

So the concept of processing information networking and across an entire force is behind the Pentagon's JADC2 joint all domain command and control program which seeks to link Army Navy and Air Force synergies with real time combat coordination so that target information can simultaneously in real time in a matter of milliseconds, in some cases, be distributed throughout the force so that the enemy can be destroyed before the before the forces are seen. 

Kris Osborn, Warrior Maven, Center for Military Modernization

Kris Osborn is the defense editor for the National Interest and President of Warrior Maven - the Center for Military Modernization. Osborn previously served at the Pentagon as a Highly Qualified Expert with the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army—Acquisition, Logistics & Technology. Osborn has also worked as an anchor and on-air military specialist at national TV networks. He has appeared as a guest military expert on Fox News, MSNBC, The Military Channel, and The History Channel. He also has a Masters Degree in Comparative Literature from Columbia University.

Kris Osborn, Warrior Maven President

Kris Osborn, Warrior Maven President, Center for Military Modernization