Defense Science Board Task Force Report on Next-Generation Unmanned Undersea Systems
DEFENSE SCIENCE BOARD WASHINGTON DC WASHINGTON DC
This report offers important recommendations on how the Department can maintain and exploit its undersea advantage beyond the next decade and into the future. This study proposes near- and mid-term unmanned undersea system concepts that have the potential to create important new capabilities to extend the U.S. undersea advantage by confronting potential adversaries with significant challenges. New areas of investment that are recommended include the adoption of commercial technologies, the development of new concepts of operations CONOPS, and the acceptance of greater risk with larger numbers of low-cost assets. As the report explains, in the undersea domain, quantity has a quality all its own. Furthermore, this report recommends approaches that could facilitate rapid experimentation, operational demonstration of capabilities, and deployment of initial capabilities that show promise.