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Distributed Lethality and A Surface Experimental Test Squadron

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Technical Report,01 May 2016,31 May 2017

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Gravely Naval Research Group, U.S. Naval War College Newport United States

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Distributed lethality is the surface Navys concept of conducting offensive sea control using modifications to existing ships with new weapons or sensors. As adversaries continue to develop surface warfare capabilities with extended range, there is a renewed effort to focus on the surface forces readiness. Supporting a surface experimental test squadron will aid in furthering distributed lethality distributed maritime operations to provide advanced tactics and weapons development in the maritime domain. This paper traces the history of experimentation and establishment of testing commands of the four services. One of the key components of testing and evaluation is understanding the Department of Defense acquisition process and its role in weapons and systems fielding in the fleet. Drawing from an aviation squadron and their testing of unmanned aircraft can be an example for the surface community to emulate. Therefore, a proper assessment of distributed lethality is crucial for consideration of an experimental test squadron in the surface community.

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  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
  • Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods

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