We at Proceedings usually consider the May Naval Review issue to be the toughest to produce. But our annual look at submarine/ASW/mine warfare can also present its share of challenges. I’ve commented in this space before on our efforts to pry articles from the Silent Service. Too often the community lives up to that sobriquet, but some years are better than others. Fortunately for our readers, this is one of those years.
A powerful submarine force will continue to remain essential to national security, and the time to face the challenge of addressing the undersea warfighting needs of tomorrow is today, notes Rear Admiral Michael J. Connor, director of the U.S. Navy’s Submarine Warfare Division, in this month’s lead story, “Investing in the Undersea Future.” What’s required is an “integrated undersea strategy,” which Admiral Connor provides in admirable detail.