Surface combatant readiness to confront a sea control navy
Wissel, Nicholas E.
Hughes, Wayne P. Jr.
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This thesis proposes to correct the shortfalls in the US Surface Combatants ability to counter a Sea-Control Navy. The concept counters this threat using unmanned aerial systems, decoys, and a layered defense. We analyze the performance with a Filtering Model of Salvo Warfare that is an extension of the Hughes Salvo Equations. The model incorporates the diluting effect of decoys upon enemy salvos and accounts for the historical reality of leakers. We conclude that in the absence of air support provided by US Carriers the warships that will have to reestablish sea control will be Arleigh Burke Destroyers based on current force composition. In summary, the thesis illustrates serious combat shortfalls in Surface Warfare of DDGs against a numerically superior Chinese Surface Action Group and proposes a reasonable solution of three key upgrades. The first upgrade is a long range TASM-like missile to correct the current DDG's lack of long range offensive missiles. The next two upgrades are both unmanned aerial systems. The Global Hawk maritime variant would provide offensive targeting data to surface combatants allowing for a successful first strike. The Fire Scout would provide local airborne early warning to allow for timely launches of decoys and defensive missiles.
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