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Modular Sea Mine (MSM) and Pill Box Programs

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Technical Report

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Naval War College/Gravely Research Group Newport United States

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A minefield is a significant physical and psychological threat that can cause severe damage and destruction of ships and submarines or limit movements by forcing delays and diversions because of real and exaggerated perceptions and fears. Any potential minefield must be treated as a danger, forcing a commander to make decisions without complete information of the threat, courses of action and possible consequences. The US Navy has had a proud tradition in mine warfare, but let this invaluable capability slowly atrophy since WWII and has focused only on Mine Countermeasures MCM. The US Navys reduction in mining capabilities has given potential adversaries the advantage of continuing to develop new mines while ignoring MCM investments in research and development and ships. A resurgence in the US Navys mining capability is required to reverse this trend. The Modular Sea Mine Program and the Pill Box concept will allow the US Navy to develop an inventory of modern naval mines, build a credible mining capability and demonstrate to potential adversaries the resolve of the US Navy to use naval mines.

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  • Underwater Ordnance
  • Undersea and Antisubmarine Warfare

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