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Hull, Mechanical, & Electrical (HM&E) Roadmap: Revolutionizing Naval Warfare and Achieving Energy Security

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The United States Navy faces the challenge of meeting increasing electrical power demands for advanced sensors and weapons while reducing vulnerability associated with a dependence on foreign sources of petroleum. As the technological sophistication of ballistic and anti-ship cruise missiles increases and their proliferation expands, the fielding of enhanced sensor and weapon system capabilities is required. Further, the evolution of asymmetric threats requires new technology solutions for lethal and non-lethal shipboard defense systems. Several emerging technologies will be introduced over the next several years to enhance mission capabilities. Innovative technologies will be required to increase energy efficiency and satisfy electrical power demands for advanced sensors and weapons. One of the ways the naval engineering community will lead the drive toward energy reform and meet increasing electric power demands is through the early adoption of energy-efficiency enabling technologies. Plans are underway to field new technologies such as solid state lighting, stern flaps, and Hybrid Electric Drive HED to meet increasing power demands, enhance operational flexibility, and support forward presence, while reducing the susceptibility inherent in a long energy supply line tether. The U.S. Navy has developed and reformed its energy policy in recent years to leverage the investments in energy efficient technologies to support the Chief of Naval Operations CNO s energy vision. There are many challenges associated with incorporating new technologies into current and future ship designs. One approach to more efficiently address these challenges is an integrated Hull, Mechanical, and Electrical HME Roadmap to support the revolution in naval warfare and achieve an energy secure future.

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  • Electric Power Production and Distribution
  • Marine Engineering
  • Naval Surface Warfare

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