Capstone Essay Contest
The Seawolf (SSN-21) represents a revolution in submarine technology. This technological revolution precedes what will be a wealth of tactical discussions about its effective employment once the Seawolf is commissioned and put to sea. The advanced capabilities of the Seawolf will change submarine tactics today just as the nuclear-power revolution changed submarine tactics in the 1950s. No one can accurately predict how these tactics will change, but in light of the new technology available, a few expectations can arise, e.g., the ability to fight at higher speeds. Current estimates put the Seawolf at being able to operate acoustically at speeds much higher than submarines have ever been able to attain before. This leads to advantages, but also to additional concerns.