A primary need, emerging from recent actions, is to detect, locate and either avoid or clear mines and obstacles from shallow water through the craft landing zones ahead and in support of amphibious operations.
The primary shortfall is in the timeliness with which high confidence Mine Countermeasures (MCM) can be completed. MCM capabilities are required in three categories: (1) rapid reconnaissance and assessment of the mine threat; (2) organic detection, avoidance and/or other means of protecting the Carrier Battle Group and Amphibious Task Force assets; (3) clearance of the sea mine threat, including rapid breakthrough at choke points. Operational maneuver from the sea is the desired tactic for present and future maritime power projection ashore. Whenever possible it is initiated from a position at sea that threatens a large part of the enemy's littoral area. Current counter-mine/obstacle technology limits our capability to conduct operational maneuvers from the sea across beaches defended by both mine and obstacle barriers.
ADDRESS TIMELY OPERATIONAL PROBLEMS, FLEET MISSION NEEDS, AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS WHERE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE AND INPUTS ARE SOUGHT BY NAVY LEADERS AND PROGRAM MANAGERS.
ENHANCE COMMUNICATION AND UNDERSTANDING AMONG THE BASIC AND APPLIED RESEARCH COMMUNITIES, AND BETWEEN THESE COMMUNITIES AND OUR NAVAL FORCES.
ENABLE AN EXTENDED GROUP OF RESEARCHERS TO BECOME FAMILIAR WITH CHALLENGING NAVAL ISSUES OR STRONGLY APPLICABLE TO THE LITTORAL REGIME.