Accession Number : ADA329649

Title :   Worldwide Submarine Challenges

Corporate Author : OFFICE OF NAVAL INTELLIGENCE WASHINGTON DC

PDF Url : ADA329649

Report Date : FEB 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 37

Abstract : The Worldwide Submarine Challenges that the United States and its allies face today are more diverse and more complex than at any time during the Cold War. These Challenges now encompass both the open ocean and the littoral. They run the gamut from the highly sophisticated and predictable to the unsophisticated and irrational. The issue of proliferation of submarine technology continues to cloud the Challenge picture. For countries making the decision to acquire a submarine for the first time, issues of national security goals, defense budgets and operational constraints must be thoroughly evaluated to fully justify such a purchase. For those with an existing submarine force, mission success depends on submarines that have the right combination of components and features for the job. However, while upgrades of existing submarines may improve mission effectiveness and extend service life, old units eventually will have to be replaced by new construction submarines.

Descriptors :   *UNDERSEA WARFARE, *SUBMARINES, *NATIONAL DEFENSE, NATIONAL SECURITY, LIFE EXPECTANCY(SERVICE LIFE), MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN), COMBAT READINESS, MILITARY CAPABILITIES, THREAT EVALUATION, NAVAL PLANNING, MILITARY MODERNIZATION, MILITARY BUDGETS, NAVAL PROCUREMENT.

Subject Categories : Submarine Engineering
      Undersea and Antisubmarine Warfare

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE