Accession Number : AD0764498

Title :   Policy Considerations for the Improvement of the United States Navy Mine Warfare Capability.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CALIF

Personal Author(s) : Gaffney,William Alan

Report Date : MAR 1973

Pagination or Media Count : 60

Abstract : The general purpose of the report is to indicate the importance of the role of mine warfare in supporting the nation's defense policy and, ultimately, the nation's political policy. The basic problem, a lack of attention and emphasis of mine warfare on the part of persons in positions of decision in the defense establishemnt, is treated in the opening sections as a prelude to describe the need for such a paper. Future scenarios for mine warfare employment are developed to illustrate the importance of the mine and some of the possible areas where it may be used. This line of thought is expanded through a discussion of the weapon's value as a deterrent and as a defensive weapon. Finally, a design is offered for a future Mine Force with a much broader range of capabilities and exposure to Fleet activities. (Modified author abstract)

Descriptors :   (*NAVAL MINE WARFARE, *NATIONAL DEFENSE), MINELAYERS, COUNTERMEASURES, AERIAL MINE WARFARE, MINEFIELDS, FOREIGN POLICY, DEFENSE SYSTEMS, MILITARY STRATEGY, PLANNING, THESES

Subject Categories : Undersea and Antisubmarine Warfare
      Underwater Ordnance

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE