Short-Range Air Defense Operations is a field manual published by Headquarters, Department of the Army.

Field Manual 3-01.44 provides comprehensive guidance for short-range air defense (SHORAD) implementation. The manual outlines the planning, coordination, integration, synchronization, and execution of SHORAD, emphasizing that it does not intend to offer fixed solutions but provides general guidance. Commanders are granted flexibility to deploy SHORAD forces as they see fit, and the manual will be updated to incorporate emerging SHORAD systems as they are fielded in the future.

Designed for leaders across various levels, from corps commanders to air defense artillery (ADA) team chiefs, this publication serves as a valuable resource. It assists commanders in employing SHORAD forces and supports joint force commanders in planning and executing air and missile defense (AMD) operations across the battlefield. Additionally, the manual proves beneficial for tasks such as sensor deployment, collection management, target development, and force application.

Publication Date– July 2022

Short-Range Air Defense Operations contains the following major sections:

This document is approved for public release. Distribution is unlimited.

Post Image- Grafenwoehr, Germany (Aug. 29, 2017) – Soldiers from the173rd Airborne Brigade practice target engagement with a Stinger Missile weapon system. Instructors from the Air Defense Artillery Center and School at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, teach maneuver Soldiers how to conduct short-range air defense operations at the 7th Army Training Command’s Grafenwoehr Training Area, from July 31 to Sept. 1, 2017. (Image Credit: SSG Kathleen Polanco, 7th Army Training Command)