Command Under the Sea: Theater Subsurface Warfare for the Joint Force Commander
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI DEPT OF OPERATIONS
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Securing and maintaining control of the undersea littoral is a prerequisite for all subsequent enabling maritime operations and land operations of a sustained nature. This paper addresses the need for a new approach lo solving the problem of seizing control of the subsurface littoral battlefield. emphasizing the role of the joint force commander JFC. Included is a brief primer on subsurface warfare SSW, a discussion of the threat and complexities of modern SSW, and an analysis of how a JFC, by utilizing operational art, can influence the SSW mission. The analysis shows the decisive impact that operational level planning and decision making has on the outcome of the subsurface battle. Current doctrine. organizational structures, and operational planning is reviewed. Changes are proposed with an aim toward improving the joint commanders ability to understand, plan, and fight the subsurface phase of an operation.
- Naval Surface Warfare