Accession Number : ADA312200

Title :   The Joint Task Force Commander and Operational Control of Attack Submarines.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI

Personal Author(s) : Meier, T. W.

PDF Url : ADA312200

Report Date : 20 MAY 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 22

Abstract : Attack submarines have a significant role to play in the regional or littoral conflicts of the future. The attack submarine, which predominantly operated independently in the past, will serve as a force multiplier for a joint task force responding to some crisis in the world. Central to the Joint Task Force Commander (JTFC) being able to use the attack submarine to meet his objectives is that he be able to operationally control those attack submarines. Today, the operational control (OPCON) of attack submarines is retained by the Submarine Type Commander or his subordinate in all naval, joint, or allied exercises. To enhance unity of effort, operational movement, operational maneuver, and operational tempo, the JTFC should be given OPCON of attack submarines used for the achievement of his objectives. The time to implement this change is not when we are faced with the next regional conflict requiring the attack submarine to participate with the Joint Task Force in more than just a strike warfare role. So that the U.S. Navy as a whole is practiced in the integration and effective use of attack submarines, the OPCON of attack submarines should routinely be given up by the Submarine Type Commander in naval and joint exercises.

Descriptors :   *COMMAND AND CONTROL SYSTEMS, *ATTACK SUBMARINES, TASK FORCES, JOINT MILITARY ACTIVITIES, NAVAL OPERATIONS, CONFLICT, MILITARY EXERCISES, NAVAL WARFARE, MANEUVERS, OFFICER PERSONNEL, STRIKE WARFARE, SUBMARINE PERSONNEL.

Subject Categories : Undersea and Antisubmarine Warfare
      Command, Control and Communications Systems

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE