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Future UNREP: Existing Technologies, Concepts of Operation, and Why Replenishment at Sea Must Evolve

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Technical Report,17 Jul 2017,15 Jun 2018

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Gravely Naval Research Group, Naval War College Newport United States

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The United States Navy currently operates in an environment not experienced since the Second World War and faces an evolving future that will continue to grow in complexity and competition. While the past almost three decades have allowed US naval forces to deploy globally and operate virtually uncontested and with impunity, the future environment will no longer allow such dominance without a consistent and credible challenge. In order for the US to maintain both offensive and defensive superiority across all warfare domains and to meet these influential forces head on, a departure from and re-imagining of current processes and operations is paramount. In order for effective logistics sustainment, as well as future combat effectiveness in the Pacific with the rise of China, the concept of underway replenishment must evolve. Furthermore, existing technologies such as undersea basing, autonomous undersea vehicles, autonomous shipping, and additive manufacturingthree dimensional printing may offer the increased flexibility and agility needed for effective logistics sustainment.

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  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

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