“[The undersea environment] is the one domain in which the United States has clear maritime superiority—but this superiority will not go unchallenged. A growing number of nations are developing capabilities to find and defeat submarines and exploit the undersea domain for their own purposes. At the same time, commercial and academic interests are monitoring and exploring the undersea domain to unprecedented degrees. To keep our undersea advantage, we need a combination of new operating concepts, innovative technology, and the continued proficiency and confidence of our sailors.”
—Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jonathan Greenert, memo to the current Strategic Studies Group
Our nation enjoys control of the undersea domain that was established during the Cold War. Today, the challenge is to sustain and grow that dominance in an era of rapid technological change and smaller budgets. The U.S. Navy will rise to that challenge by building smarter with a plan that coordinates people, platforms, payloads, and partnerships.