Accession Number:

ADA463671

Title:

ASW Not Just a Navy Sport. The need for Joint ASW

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.

Corporate Author:

NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2006-10-23

Pagination or Media Count:

25.0

Abstract:

ASW is an asset-intensive team sport that requires the efforts of the Navys air, surface and subsurface communities. Todays ASW threat is different and more challenging than during the Cold War. A confluence of post-Cold War events vastly changed the nature of ASW and the way it needs to be approached in the future. The fall of the Soviet Union effectively removed the only open ocean ASW threat to U.S. Forces and subsequent regional conflicts focused the Navys efforts and resources on the littorals. Navy post-Cold War focus on expeditionary warfare, presence and power projection ashore strike diverted ASW resources and fueled a mission creep that eroded both ASW capabilities and proficiency of traditional ASW forces. The US Navy in effect took an ASW holiday in the decade immediately following the end of the Cold War and has only recently refocused on ASW. Todays ASW asset- poor environment, restricted access ashore and the growing anti-access threat of modern dieselelectric submarines operating in harsh littoral waters requires a joint solution to the problem.

Subject Categories:

  • Undersea and Antisubmarine Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE