New Report Says Surface Navy Should Go On Offensive

The U.S. Navy needs to embrace a more offensive surface warfare strategy which finds additional uses for long-range weapons and missiles, adds lasers and electromagnetic rail guns when available, according to a new study.

In order to keep pace with a fast-changing global threat environment and counter current and emerging threats, the Navy needs to use weapons differently and embrace new tactics to gain control of vital parts of the ocean, according to a new study from the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, a Washington D.C. think tank.

“The U.S. surface fleet must restructure itself around a new central idea of how it will fight,” said study author Bryan Clark, a senior fellow for CSBA.

The report focuses on the mid-2020s timeframe and challenges the Navy to think offensively regarding a much discussed Pentagon concept called anti-access/area-denial — a term used to describe how enemies could use sensors and high-tech, long-range weapons to prevent the U.S. from operating in certain strategically important areas.

For example, China’s Dong Feng-21 land-launched ballistic missile is reported to be capable of reaching ranges out to 900 miles, a weapon which uses long-range targeting systems and could potentially prevent U.S. carriers and carrier strike groups from moving closer to the Chinese coastline.

The report specifically cites Chinese and Iranian military strategies as examples of A2/AD-type threats.

Many observers have made the point that the U.S. margin of technological superiority is decreasing as other militaries invest on defense and acquire and develop these kinds of weapons.

The CSBA study specifically addresses this phenomenon and says the Navy should develop and configure its surface warfare arsenal to address the changing security environment and strengthen an ability to go on offense against A2/AD threats.

“If the Navy doesn’t make good choices with regard to the configuration, payloads, and employment of surface combatants, it will fall …read more

Source:: DoD Buzz (Naval)

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