Before beginning a meaningful discussion of defining any undersea warfare investment plan for the future, it’s useful to review the approved applicable joint-warfare definitions to ensure we are all speaking the same language.
Undersea warfare is defined in Joint Publication 3-32 as: “(DOD) Operations conducted to establish and maintain control of the underwater environment by denying an opposing force the effective use of underwater systems and weapons. It includes offensive and defensive submarine, antisubmarine, and mine warfare operations. Also called USW. See also antisubmarine warfare; mine warfare.”
Antisubmarine warfare is defined in JP 3-32 as: “(DOD, NATO) Operations conducted with the intention of denying the enemy the effective use of submarines. Also called ASW.”
Mine warfare is defined in JP 3-15 as: “(DOD) The strategic, operational, and tactical use of mines and mine countermeasures either by emplacing mines to degrade the enemy’s capabilities to wage land, air, and maritime warfare or by countering of enemy-emplaced mines to permit friendly maneuver or use of selected land or sea areas. Also called MW.”