Forward...from the Sea into the Torpedo Danger Zone: Blue Water ASW Doctrine in Shallow Water.
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MIL ITARY STUDIES
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This paper examines the threat modern diesel submarines pose to successful joint power projection from the sea. Americas force projection strategy requires littoral battlespace dominance by naval forces to give joint commanders the freedom of action afforded by a secure sea flank. The focus on operations ashore and cruise missile proliferation, magnified by the outcome of the Falklands war, has overshadowed the submarines more lethal sea denial weapon--the torpedo. The disadvantage that cut backs in force structure and a joint doctrine of quick decisive victory place on power projection efforts is exacerbated by current ASW equipments limited effectiveness in shallow water. The offensive ASW doctrine based on the demands of maritime strategy will only work in shallow water if American ASW forces possess the same detection and attack asymmetry they enjoyed during the cold war. Current doctrine demands zero defects ASW with equipment which does not provide littoral battlespace dominance. When conditions ashore do not permit the joint commander the luxury of waiting for ASW forces to find and destroy submarines, the commander can easily lose critical power projection assets he needs to build combat power ashore by rushing into the torpedo danger zone.
- Undersea and Antisubmarine Warfare