Accession Number : ADA236872


Title :   The United States Versus the Third World Submarine: Are We Ready


Descriptive Note : Final rept.


Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI DEPT OF OPERATIONS


Personal Author(s) : Cragg, Clinton H


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a236872.pdf


Report Date : 11 Feb 1991


Pagination or Media Count : 40


Abstract : The United States faces a serious problem with proliferation of highly capable state of the art submarines and submarine technology. The Maritime Strategy, developed primarily to advance the interests of the United States vis-a-vis the Soviet Union, is flexible enough to allow the Third World submarine challenge to be discounted. The United States needs to recognize that a problem exists and take action to diminish the threat. This study examines historical submarine usage and the capabilities of new generation diesel- electric submarines to provide the reader with an appreciation for the types of situations that may present themselves in the future. With a rapid spread of submarines throughout the world, the United States will soon be involved in some type of crisis that requires a significant Anti-Submarine Warfare force. Unfortunately, the USN is not ready to fight in such a conflict. The Maritime Strategy needs to address this new threat. Submarine technology proliferation needs to stop. The USN needs to train, and train hard, for the certain eventuality that confronts us.


Descriptors :   *NAVAL OPERATIONS , NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION , DEVELOPING NATIONS , USSR , UNITED STATES , ANTISUBMARINE WARFARE , TECHNOLOGY FORECASTING , SUBMARINES , STRATEGY , THREATS , USER NEEDS


Subject Categories : Submarine Engineering
      Undersea and Antisubmarine Warfare


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE