From the Civil War to Operation Iraqi Freedom, U.S. naval forces have had to contend with mines. No other weapon has presented a greater threat to U.S. domination of the maritime environment.National navies and nationless terrorists will continue to challenge our commercial and military freedom-of-navigation by using these weapons, as well as their poor-man’s cousin, underwater improvised explosive devices. This threat is a direct affront to the core objectives of our maritime forces. As outlined by A Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower, these are: deterrence, forward presence, humanitarian assistance and disaster response, maritime security, power projection, and sea control. It is, therefore, imperative that, to support these missions and maintain unfettered access to the planet’s waterways, U.S. mine countermeasures (MCM) capabilities be improved and remain robust.
Nobody Asked Me, But . . . - It’s Time for the MCM(X)
By Peter von Bleichert