A Strategic and Industrial Assessment of Sea Mine Warfare in the Post- Cold War Era
Research rept. Aug 1992-Apr 1993
INDUSTRIAL COLL OF THE ARMED FORCES WASHINGTON DC
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The purpose of my paper is to provide a strategic-level assessment of sea mine warfare in the post-Cold War era by addressing both government and industrial points of view. I review and summarize U.S. national security and military strategies vis-a-vis mine warfare, and I emphasize the basic roles mine warfare has the potential of playing in implementation of these strategies. The strategic role of mine countermeasures in future regional crises and contingencies is clear cut, having been unquestionably demonstrated during Desert Storm. However, the role of in is far less defined, but, as I substantiate in my paper, is also of significant strategic importance in the future. I recommend maintaining and preferably expanding the mine countermeasures program being supported by the Navy, and I recommend initiating a program to tune our mine inventory to the post-Cold War era threat. From the industrial perspective, I offer the significantly expanding mine countermeasures program as a very attractive industrial incentive. In addition, I provide several recommendations for both industry and government to help enhance the role industry can play in mine warfare in the future.
- Undersea and Antisubmarine Warfare