U.S. Army Choosing Interim SHORAD By 2019

U.S. Army officials plan to choose an interim Short Range Air Defense (SHORAD) capability in Europe by the end of the year. Brigadier General Randy McIntire, the head of the new Army Cross-Functional Team on air and missile defense, said that the Army should be able to choose between two viable systems by the end of the fiscal year. The Army had slowed investment in SHORAD as a result of its focus on counter-insurgency, but renewed attention on great power competition has officials moving quickly to reinvest in air and missile defense capabilities. According to BG McIntire, “We weren’t even talking about SHORAD just a little over a year ago, so by FY21 we will have that capability in Europe.”