I have been reading and trying to make sense of how to deploy the various air-force and Naval assets for effective neutralization of enemy assets. I've been trying to understand the doctrine and I would like some help in understand this. The following is from my strategy-newbie point of view, in the case of a war with Pakistan. Pakistan has subs, but doesn't have subs capable of carrying submarine-launched nuclear missiles. Air strike with nuclear attack is a real threat, so air superiority needs to be achieved. Land-based nuke-tipped missiles on mobile launch pads is a very real possibility. So these need to be neutralized. However, there are reports that suggest that Pak separates cores from detonation devices like India. If that is the case, we might be able to take advantage of that fact to neutralize the nukes. I am going to assume that there are roaming nuke-tipped missiles mounted on mobile launch pads. To achieve these goals, I want to see the following. Devastating early simultaneous surprise-attack on ALL their airfields, with a tactical nukes if necessary, thereby achieving total air-superiority. This can be achieved through the use of a combination of land-based aircraft as well as carrier based aircraft. I want to see the effective use of Phalcons, satellites, thermals, whatever we can lay our hands on, to detect the enemy combatants. Good, if not great communication between aircraft tasked with bombing and those tasked with protecting them and achieving air-superiority is necessary of course. Secondary targets should be naval ships. Next, to take out the mobile missiles, I envision four layers... at least three. First, medium-flying planes that try to shoot down the missiles during the booster stage. Then, high flying planes that do the same, after that, the missile shield being proposed, and fourth (optionally), planes to shoot down the missiles over each city. IMO, the entire operation of neutralizing aircraft and achieving air-superiority should be achieved within 12 hours. Preferably start the bombing just when sun sets, and finish before sunrise. Then send in the army! This is the kind of strategy between USA and USSR during the Cold-War era. We have an advantage because if we neutralize the nukes on land, Pak doesn't have 2nd strike capability. We'll also minimize civilian casualties as much as possible. From what I can understand, we don't have the resources to achieve this. But is there a movement towards achieving this goal? Everything I'm reading from the Cold Start doctrine suggests the army is planning to make shallow forays into Pak territory with air support. The aim is that Pak wouldn't "have to" use nukes against us with shallow cuts.