United States Coast Guard Antisubmarine Warfare (ASW) in the Maritime Defense Zone (MDZ) - A Strategic Approach
AIR WAR COLL MAXWELL AFB AL
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Within the guidelines of the National Security Policy, and specifically the concepts of the National Maritime Defense Strategy, this paper explores the present and potential future capability of the United States Coast Guard to perform antisubmarine warfare in the Maritime Defense Zone. A brief review of the Coast Guards missions, military history and the establishment of the Maritime Defense Zones lays the foundation for defining the threats to United States coasts, ports and harbors and for delineating the means, or forces, available to defend them. Several options for upgrading the Coast Guards force structure are presented, which accommodate the Nations forward power projection policy, while recognizing a lack of antisubmarine warfare platforms available for the Maritime Defense Zones.
- Undersea and Antisubmarine Warfare