Accession Number : ADA260898


Title :   Determining the Future of the US Submarine Force


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA


Personal Author(s) : Howes, Brian T


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a260898.pdf


Report Date : Dec 1992


Pagination or Media Count : 130


Abstract : The end of the Cold War has been the watershed event for changes in the international and national security environments that present tremendous implications for the US submarine force. These changes include calls for significant US defense cuts to reap a peace dividend, the increasing importance of economics as a determinant of defense spending, and the disintegration of the Soviet Union resulting in the absence of a clear tangible global threat to US national interests. What has resulted from these chances is the formulation of a new US national security strategy that focuses on regional contingencies, and the decision to cut US defense forces by at least 25% over five years including the cancellation of the Seawolf submarine program. This thesis addresses the implications of these tremendous changes on the US submarine force. Specifically, issues that are addressed include roles and missions, force structure, submarine design, and changing the institutional mindset of the submarine community. The issue of roles and missions involves demonstrating the applicability of the submarine to regional warfare. The issue of submarine force structure deals with both the short term and long term factors affecting submarine force reductions and ultimate submarine force size. The issue of submarine design addresses concerns over the submarine industrial base, the Centurion program, and design requirements for a regional warfighting submarine. U


Descriptors :   *NATIONAL SECURITY , *UNDERSEA WARFARE , *MILITARY FORCE LEVELS , *SUBMARINES , USSR , GLOBAL , MILITARY REQUIREMENTS , ECONOMICS , FORMULATIONS , REDUCTION , COLD WAR , WESTERN SECURITY(INTERNATIONAL) , CANCELLATION , MISSIONS , THESES , NAVY , THREATS , STRATEGY , UNITED STATES , POLICIES


Subject Categories : Submarine Engineering
      Military Forces and Organizations
      Undersea and Antisubmarine Warfare


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE