2024 Unmanned Undersea Warfare Concept
Capstone Project Report
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA DEPT OF SYSTEMS ENGINEERING
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Potential adversaries throughout the world continue to acquire and develop sophisticated multi-layered, anti-access, area-denial A2AD systems. To maintain its maritime superiority, the United States must continue to innovate systems that are capable of operating in and defeating these A2AD environments. In particular, command of the undersea domain remains vital and will be increasingly critical in facing the future battle space. The challenges our nation faces, however, are not limited to the technological capabilities of warfighters, but also include a myriad of confounding constraints. In addition to the expected shortfalls of mission-ready assets, the Submarine Forces also must address significant pressures in defense spending. Nevertheless, unmanned undersea vehicles UUVs remain one of the top priorities of the Chief of Naval Operations, as UUVs serve as effective force multipliers in critical missions in A2AD environments. This report presents the findings of analysis and assessment conducted by an integrated systems engineering and analysis team of military officer students at the Naval Postgraduate School. Their operationally driven tasking seeks to design a system-of-systems of unmanned and manned undersea vehicles to ensure undersea dominance both in the near term and into the next decade. The importance of the systems perspective to this study is reflected by the extensive engagement with many operational stakeholders, academic researchers, industry partners, and acquisitions programs across the Naval enterprise. The capability-based approach highlights the mission suitability of currently fielded UUVs and also technologies realizable within the next decade. This capstone final report summarizes these critical insights and provides detailed recommendations to inform decision makers of the present to prepare for the undersea forces of the future.
- Submarine Engineering
- Military Intelligence
- Undersea and Antisubmarine Warfare