- On the Cover
SSGN: Deployed and Special Forces Ready The How and Why of Open Architecture Managing Modernization - A Fleet-First Perspective q a: How Open Architecture Trainers Have Changed a Boat’s Inter-deployment Life with Command Master Chief Kurt Smith UNDERSEA WARFARE Magazine 10th Anniversary q a: The Push to Keep the Best and Brightest in the Submarine Force Junior Officers of the Year - The Submarine Force Honors its Top Junior OFficers Shadow Warriors - Submarine Special Operations in World War II
|“Our role is undeniable across the full spectrum of operations
that provide strategic influence, national level intelligence,
critical information supporting the thorough understanding of
the battlespace, unique capability in the War on Terror, and
significant capability in support of combat operations.”
RADM Cecil Haney, USN, Director, Submarine Warfare
Greetings from our Nation’s Capital! I consider it an honor to serve our great Navy as the Director, Submarine Warfare Division (N87) on the CNO’s staff. I intend to focus my efforts to build upon the remarkable success achieved by my predecessors to provide our nation with credible and capable combat capability to support our Maritime Strategy.
In my previous role as Commander, Submarine Group TWO, and now in my current role, I see not only the near real-time products our force delivers on a daily basis, but also the wide-ranging effects that our deployments and patrols provide. From Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance to the War on Terror to Strategic Deterrent patrols, our efforts are highly recognized and regarded. Our role is undeniable across the full spectrum of operations that provide strategic influence, national level intelligence, critical information supporting the thorough understanding of the battlespace, unique capability in the War on Terror, and significant capability in support of combat operations.
However, there can be no “rest.” Other nations continue to move forward to deliver increasingly credible undersea combat capacity and capability and bad actors around the globe continue to want to threaten our democratic way of life. Here at N87, we are constantly evaluating, developing, and working to facilitate the delivery of necessary technologies that will continue to provide transformational capability in maintaining our asymmetric advantage. This includes, but is not limited to, improvements in communications (at periscope depth and deeper), weapon and sensor capabilities, battlespace management tools, Time Critical Strike, Unmanned Aerial Sensors (UAS) and C4I improvements. When coupled with efficient and effective Human Machine Interfaces, innovative tactics, techniques and procedures, and improved training regimens, these enabling technologies will ensure our nation has the appropriate level of capability against the spectrum of current and emergent threats.
This issue focuses on Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) and highlights the warfighting impact of our successful Acoustic Rapid COTS Insertion (ARCI) Open Architecture strategy for updating our Combat Control Systems and maintaining our asymmetric advantage. Having recently been to sea on USS Virginia (SSN 774) and USS North Carolina (SSN 777) and walked the decks of USS Florida (SSGN 728), I can personally attest to the awesome capabilities of these platforms. These platforms are bringing transformational capabilities to the Combatant Commander to conduct ASW as part of the diverse capabilities provided by these unique platforms.
We are working diligently with all stakeholders to ensure we are appropriately focused on the right programs that will make a difference. As responsible stewards of our taxpayer investments, we must continue our efforts to improve requirement generation and acquisition from cradle to grave with warfighting effects as the focal point. The process must include clear definition of affordable requirements and increased rigor in controlling costs and schedule. Our ability to better understand the full spectrum of lifecycle costs, investment requirements, and reliability expectations required for new and emerging technologies will ensure a fiscally informed, risk-balanced approach. Our recent successes with the Virginia Class cost reduction efforts; the on-time, on-budget delivery of our four SSGN’s; and our pioneering Acoustic Rapid COTS Insertion (ARCI) Advanced Processor Build (APB) Technology Insertion (TI) open-architecture program is illustrative of the potential that is possible.
For our N87 staff, I wish farewell to the recently departed: RDML Bruce Grooms, CAPT Mike Cortese, CAPT Stuart Munsch, CDR Dave Byers, CDR Bill Sommer, CDR Rob Thornhill, LCDR Brian Stites, and LCDR Erlina Haun, Thank you for your tireless dedication and service. Fair winds and following seas.
I would like to welcome aboard CAPT Brian Howes, CAPT(sel) Moises Deltoro, LT Adam Zaker, LT Joe Petrucelli and YN1 Martin Irlanda to the N87 team. Also, congratulations to RDML(sel) Doug Biesel on his selection to flag rank and orders to relieve as Commander, Navy Region Midwest. Finally, I want to thank all those in and out of uniform that support the Submarine Warfare Directorate. I know I can continue to count on your support.