• Develop power supplies and other key enablers for autonomous deployable low-frequency acoustic sources.

  • Quantify the operational, algorithmic, and communications requirements for distributed active sonar methods including bistatic, multistatic, and forward-scattering configurations.

  • Ensure that the Navy is the leader in understanding the environmental impact of acoustic energy on mammals and other marine life.

  • Establish and implement a road map to exploit miniature sensor developments for undersea applications, including microelectromechanical systems technology, both inside and outside the Navy.

  • Continue to pursue promising nonacoustic ASW detection techniques, including magnetic, electro-optical, and biological.

  • Establish an ASW research program to exploit the effects of submarine hydrodynamic signatures, especially in littoral environments.

  • Improve the capability of ASW weapons against stealthy submarines operating in littoral environments and deploying complex countermeasures, including the exploitation of advanced sensors, expanded processing bandwidths, and environmental adaptability.

  • Develop technologies that will enable a family of new weapon concepts such as rapid attack, long-range response to off-board sensing and targeting; short-range, close-in, quick reaction; and long-endurance, stealthy UUV-like search-track-kill weapons.

  • Pursue robust enabling technology for protecting surface ships and submarines against threat torpedoes, such as antitorpedo weapons and advanced countermeasure devices.

  • Adopt open-architecture and COTS-based systems in all ASW applications to enable hardware or software refresh cycles of approximately two years.

  • With the aid of GPS, build on the capability to network widely spaced platforms, such as UUVs, and large distributed acoustic arrays and satellites, to provide data, including environmental information, that can be fused into a complete ASW picture.

  • Adapt improved technology VTOL aircraft for ASW to provide greater range, speed, and endurance capabilities than current helicopters.

  • Ensure a continuum of robust fleet ASW R&D projects characterized by at-sea operations, testing, measurements, and experimentation as the principal means of advancing the slate of future fleet ASW capabilities and readiness.

The panel is fully confident that taking advantage of the opportunities to incorporate available and emerging technology will enable the Navy to maintain undersea superiority well into the next century.

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