Oceanography and Naval Special Warfare: Opportunities and Challenges
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Oceanography and Naval Special Warfare:
Opportunities and Challenges



Missions by Sea, Air, and Land (SEAL) teams and other naval units involved in Naval Special Warfare encompass some of the most unique and arduous challenges facing naval personnel in combat situations. Real-time decision- making is crucial, and the need for adequate and accurate environmental data is paramount for minimizing uncertainty, reducing risk, and ensuring mission success.

Based on discussions among more than 100 scientists, managers, and warfighters during the fifth in a series of symposia, this book summarizes the SEAL teams' mission and methods, the importance of environmental data in planning and executing naval special operations, and ways to expand the Navy's ability to support this elite group of warfighters.

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  • Conflict and Security Issues — Military and Defense Studies
  • Earth Sciences — Ocean Studies

Publication Info

100 pages | 8.5 x 11

Table of Contents

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Front Matter i-xii
Executive Summary 1-2
1 Introduction 3-8
2 Naval Special Warfare 9-16
3 Navy Support of NSW: An Overview 17-24
4 Oceanography and Naval Special Warfare 25-62
5 Summary and Discussion 63-69
6 References 70-72
Appendixes 73-74
A 75-79
B 80-82
C 83-85
D 86-86
E 87-90
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National Research Council. Oceanography and Naval Special Warfare: Opportunities and Challenges. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 1997.

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