The Navy must push ahead in pursuit of a system that will turn information from beneath the waves into a main battery of its arsenal.
The U.S. Navy has long relied on underwater stealth to ensure dominance at sea while influencing events ashore. The superiority our submarines afford has been impressive, but our preeminence beneath the waves is continually contested, as nations worldwide expand their capability in that domain. The same attributes contributing to our advantage in that realm now favor adversaries. As foreign spending and proliferating technologies increase our foes’ potential, we must seek innovative systems to meet and overcome asymmetric undersea threats.