Accession Number : ADA293704

Title :   The Attack Submarine (SSN) in the Post-Cold War Environment. Operational Art Implications for the Operational Commander.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI DEPT OF OPERATIONS

Personal Author(s) : Mack, Daniel P.

PDF Url : ADA293704

Report Date : 08 MAR 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 22

Abstract : The end of the Cold War requires a reassessment of the strategic and operational environment. Some strategists argue that platforms like the attack submarine (SSN), though instrumental in an antisubmarine (ASW) role against the Soviets, are redundant and not essential in the changing world order. The utility of the SSN is readily apparent when viewed from the perspective of the combatant Commander in Chief (CINC). The CINC practices the operational art, and the SSN contributes significantly to the CINC's operational tool kit. When examined through the lens of the principles of war, the SSN's versatility and relative invulnerability bring a great deal to the CINC's table, where the true operational value of a platform is most important. Focusing on three principles of war--the offensive, security, and economy of force--reveals numerous tasks the SSN can accomplish (often simultaneously) for the operational commander in the joint littoral environment. Instead of looking backward at traditional Cold War missions, operational thinking should look forward and apply the unique capabilities of the SSN to tasking as diverse as conventional deterrence, strike warfare, surveillance, and integrated ASW against the diesel threat.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY DOCTRINE, *NAVAL WARFARE, *NAVAL PLANNING, *ANTISUBMARINE WARFARE, MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES), USSR, DIESEL ENGINES, GLOBAL, INTEGRATED SYSTEMS, STRATEGIC ANALYSIS, MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN), THREATS, MISSIONS, COLD WAR, RUSSIA, LITTORAL ZONES, SURVEILLANCE, STRIKE WARFARE, ATTACK SUBMARINES, NAVAL INTELLIGENCE, DETERRENCE.

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Naval Surface Warfare
      Undersea and Antisubmarine Warfare
      Administration and Management
      Military Forces and Organizations
      Defense Systems

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE