US Navy Details Plans to Outmatch Russia and China

US Navy Spearhead (Expeditionary Fast Transport) during sea trials in 2012

Struggling to keep up with global rivals, the Pentagon has announced the details of a plan to keep the US Navy one step ahead of Russia and China.

With the rapid growth of Moscow and Beijing’s militaries, the Pentagon has become increasingly nervous about the state of its own operations. As a result, the US Defense Department has been developing a “Third Offset Strategy,” its program to stay ahead of the competition.

US Navy handout shows a Standard Missile Three (SM-3) being launched from the guided missile cruiser USS Shiloh

The plan applies to all branches of the military. On Thursday, the Pentagon announced details specific to the Navy.

“The Navy’s engagement is predominantly in UUV (Unmanned Underwater Vehicles), cyber, and EMW (Electromagnetic Maneuver Warfare),” Rear Adm. Mat Winter said, according to Breaking Defense.

Of those three engagements, the Navy is most interested in UUV development. Already in possession of a number of small unmanned submarines, the Pentagon hopes to create larger robotic submersibles with a longer range.

Ideally, these would be able to operate with little human interaction, autonomously delivering weapon payloads and scouting for subsurface mines. Once such craft, the Large Diameter Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (LDUUV) will be tested this summer.

“We are going to have unscripted obstructions and barriers, and we are going to see can it sense and avoid those,” Winter said.

The admiral was less forthcoming about the highly-classified cyberwarfare program, though the Pentagon has recently expressed concern over weaknesses in fleet communication networks. Potentially vulnerable to cyberattacks, naval ships could be left blind and defenseless in a future conflict, leading to development of new technologies for Electromagnetic Maneuver Warfare.

“EMW is going to be a game changer in our ability to operate in the denied [environment], for the deceptive engagement that we’re really going to need to fight that high-end fight,” Winter said.

Essentially, the Navy plans to reduce noise and electronic output, allowing ships to slip through enemy waters undetected.

While officials tout the benefits of new technologies, the Defense Department is also interested in retrofitting older tools, largely as a cost-saving measure.

Nuclear submarine (NS) Yuriy Dolgorukiy undergoing sea trials

“One of the things we’re encouraging is repurposing [existing] capabilities, versus always searching for the new shiny object,” Winter said. “We can turn around and repurpose already established and fielded capabilities with a very minor, minor technical update but a whole[sale] repurposing of TTPs [tactics, techniques, and procedures] and CONOPs [concepts of operations].”

Despite claims of autonomous submarines and cutting-edge cyber capabilities, the Pentagon may, in fact, more actively pursue cost-effective repurposing of older tech. Earlier, the US Navy indicated it would bring sophisticated energy weapons to its fleet. The USS Ponce, for example, boasts a 30-kw laser cannon.

During today’s summary, Winter downplayed the prospect of such weapons.

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7 Responses to "US Navy Details Plans to Outmatch Russia and China"

  1. rockwool  January 30, 2016 at 4:15 am


    The Iranians have done it with at least 3 (IIRC) different US drones, among them the stealthy RQ-170 Sentinel.



    The confidence of the Iranians in their capability to defend Iran from the Kabbalist Allies of Shaitan is not built on hot air.

    Only by the Samson Option can Iran be defeated and therefore WWIII will turn into a nuclear war very quickly.

  2. Howie  January 29, 2016 at 7:56 am

    “the Large Diameter Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (LDUUV)” ?, that sound suspiciously like a sly name for a multi-billion dollar torpedo.

  3. ksp  January 28, 2016 at 7:28 pm

    I have wondered, if Americans find out what has been going on behind
    curtain would they still want to own an aircraft carrier named George Bush.
    Is there some sailors creed or something that says it is bad luck to rename a ship? We may have to just scrap it.

  4. Altimometer  January 28, 2016 at 6:14 pm

    The Navy is swooning racketeers so they will never even know parity, let alone outmatch the non enemies of Russia and China. The idea of a navy should be humanitarian work because as a combat force those days are long since passed.

  5. Beydety  January 28, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    So the suffering tax payers have to dish out another Trillion or so dollars for the corrupt MiC whilst the countries infrastructure crumbles around them. You’re lucky to have politicians who care and protect you. Protect you from what, no one knows, it’s irrelevant.

  6. Edward Dodge  January 28, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    These knuckleheads in the US spend $600 billion a year on defense. By comparison, Russia and China spend a pittance. Why are we even having this conversation?

    • rockwool  January 30, 2016 at 4:31 am

      When US goes to war, NATO goes to war (3/4 of world “defence” spending).

      This time, during Armageddon and WWIII:

      * Israel goes to war

      * GCC goes to war

      * PFP goes to war

      * Asian partners goes to war

      * S.Africa, Arab-african countries and other partners go to war

      * L.American partners goes to war

      * Commonwealth nations go to war, probably including India as the ACE up Satan’s sleeve.

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