Accession Number : ADA293261

Title :   Where Are My Submarines?

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI

Personal Author(s) : McShane, Steven L.

PDF Url : ADA293261

Report Date : 13 FEB 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 24

Abstract : The unique operational capabilities and employment advantages inherent to the U.S. attack submarine force provide a cost effective and highly powerful platform to the Unified Commanders for shaping their respective theaters across the entire range of military operations. Attack submarines (SSNs) offer considerable operational flexibility and firepower while fulfilling many roles including forward presence, indication and warning, anti-submarine, anti-surface, strike, mine laying, mine countermeasure and special forces insertion. Preemptive conventional strike capability is considerably more credible in an environment where the threat of nuclear weapon employment has diminished. Therefore, the SSN's formidable conventional strike capability presents a powerful force to be reckoned with by any potential adversary. Moreover, the SSN's stealth, mobility, endurance and readiness enhance its offensive potential, making the SSN uniquely the platform of choice in most forward deployed scenarios. During the Cold War our senior military leaders, when confronted with a regional crisis, would ask where their carriers were... I would argue that in today's post Cold War era, they should be asking where their submarines are. (AN)

Descriptors :   *THEATER LEVEL OPERATIONS, *ATTACK SUBMARINES, NUCLEAR WEAPONS, SCENARIOS, MOBILITY, DEPLOYMENT, NATIONAL SECURITY, LEADERSHIP, INTERNATIONAL POLITICS, COST EFFECTIVENESS, COMBAT READINESS, MINE COUNTERMEASURES, MILITARY CAPABILITIES, COLD WAR, NAVAL OPERATIONS, NAVAL PLANNING, FIREPOWER, LITTORAL ZONES, ANTISHIP WARFARE, STRIKE WARFARE, POSTWAR OPERATIONS, ANTISUBMARINE WARFARE, MINELAYING.

Subject Categories : Submarine Engineering
      Undersea and Antisubmarine Warfare
      Naval Surface Warfare

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