Naval Mining and Technology
INSTITUTE FOR DEFENSE ANALYSES ALEXANDRIA VA
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In April 1997 a senior panel convened at IDA to address the future of the U.S. naval mining program. This short paper was prepared as background reading for the panel. It briefly reviews some of the pros and cons of maintaining a traditional mining capability, lists areas of advancing technology that are relevant to this warfare area, and discusses the implications of these technologies for the traditional issues. It is stressed that the potential value of mine warfare to U.S. interests should be assessed in light of the promise of the new technologies and not on an outdated image of these weapons.
- Naval Surface Warfare