A methodology for determining Third World submarine capabilities case study: Iran.
Schmidt, Wade H.
Marshall, Kneale T.
Grassey, Thomas B.
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This thesis presents a method to determine the capabilities of an emerging Third World submarine force. As a "'primer," it examines the major factors that contribute to operadonal readiness and military effectiveness of a submarine force. The areas discussed are national characteristics, research and development, equipment, training, and operations. The scope, of die thesis is very broad in nature, and covers topics as varied as preventive maintenance, spare parts production, and crew training. The areas are analyzed widi respect to their importance in estimating the submarine force's missions and capabilities. The penultimate chapter of the thesis uses the methodology to consider the significance of the Iranian acquisition of two Kilo submarines from Russia. The methodology is condensed (in the Appendix) to a checklist for use while evaluating an emerging submarine force.
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