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Defending Forward-Deployed U.S. Navy Platforms from Potential Enemy Missile and Rocket Attacks: Abbreviated Version of a Classified Report (2017)

 

This consensus study report, conducted at the request of the Chief of Naval Operations, explores ways to defend forward-deployed U.S. Navy platforms from potential enemy missile and rocket attacks over the next 15 years. The study’s terms of reference were as follows: (1) Review current and projected missile and rocket threats to forward-deployed U.S. Navy platforms over the next 15 years; (2) Assess the Department of the Navy’s (DoN’s) capabilities and concepts aimed at defending forward-deployed U.S. platforms vis-à-vis the kinetic threats reviewed in (1), accounting for any kinetic and non-kinetic efforts also being pursued by the other Services and defense agencies; (3) Evaluate the DoN’s current technology investment strategy in defending forward-deployed U.S. Navy platforms vis-à-vis the kinetic threats reviewed in (1), accounting for any kinetic and non-kinetic technology investments also being made by the other Services, defense agencies, and defense community at large (e.g., laboratories, industrial base, and academia); and (4) Recommend any novel kinetic and non-kinetic ways (e.g., future capabilities, concepts, and technologies) to defend forward-deployed U.S. Navy platforms from potential enemy missile and rocket attacks over the next 15 years. The DoN has determined that this consensus study report is classified in its entirety and therefore cannot be made available to the public. The link to the abbreviated report provides background information on the study.

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Mainstreaming Unmanned Undersea Vehicles into Future U.S. Naval Operations: Abbreviated Version of a Restricted Report (2016)

This consensus study report, conducted at the request of the former Chief of Naval Operations, assesses the potential of unmanned undersea vehicles (UUVs) in enhancing future U.S. naval operations. The study’s terms of reference were as follows: (1) Identify the missions and environments in which UUVs might be called upon to operate, as well any issues or barriers (e.g., policy, operational, technical) that might inhibit mission success; (2) For each of the identified missions, assess desired UUV size, quantity, and level of coordination with other unmanned and manned counterparts; (3) Review the Department of the Navy’s (DoN’s) efforts for UUVs in comparison to (1) and (2); (4) Evaluate the DoN’s technology activities for UUVs, including its vision documents and its science and technology roadmaps (e.g., in areas of autonomy, endurance, communications, sensor capabilities, weaponry, launch and recovery) against criteria selected by the committee, such as the relevance for conducting future missions, cost and time scale for deployment, scientific and technical quality, and related technology activities outside of the Navy; and (5) Recommend operational, technical, and acquisition approaches, excluding organizational changes, that would lead to mainstreaming UUVs into future U.S. naval operations at a faster deployment schedule—to the extent needed—than currently planned. The DoN has determined that this consensus study report is restricted in its entirety under exemption 3 of the Freedom of Information Act (5 USC § 552 (b) (3)), via 10 USC § 130 and therefore cannot be made available to the public. The link to the abbreviated report provides background information on the study.

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A Review of the U.S. Navy Cyber Defense Capabilities: Abbreviated Version of a Classified Report (2015)

This consensus study report, conducted at the request of the former Chief of Naval Operations, reviews U.S. Navy cyber defense capabilities. In addition to reviewing cyber defense-related studies conducted within and outside the U.S. government, the study’s terms of reference were as follows: (1) Review U.S. Navy information technology modernization plans and processes with respect to the evolving threat and robustness to cyber attack, and identify any shortcomings; (2) Recommend any immediate operational and technical mitigation strategies needed to address any shortcomings identified above, as well as recommend any future mitigation strategies, including any architectural and procedural changes that would lead to more resilient naval systems and more robust network and communications capabilities given the evolving threat; (3) Review and assess the adequacy of current Department of the Navy (DoN) policies, strategies, approaches, and investments in comparison to the findings and recommendations to both (1) and (2) above; and (4) Identify any other critical issue—not addressed in this study—that the U.S. Navy should consider addressing in subsequent studies. The DoN has determined that this consensus study report is classified in its entirety and therefore cannot be made available to the public. The link to the abbreviated report provides background information on the study.