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1 Mine Warfare Transition of Platform Capt Terry Miller Expeditionary Warfare Division Mine Warfare Branch (N752) NDIA Brief 22 FEB 06 Crystal City, Hyatt.

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1 1 Mine Warfare Transition of Platform Capt Terry Miller Expeditionary Warfare Division Mine Warfare Branch (N752) NDIA Brief 22 FEB 06 Crystal City, Hyatt Regency 2799 Jefferson Davis Hwy Capt Miller Brief Time: 2:30 – 3:10pm

2 2 Outline Mine Countermeasures (MCM) Transition –Dedicated to Organic Mine Countermeasures (OMCM) to Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) National Level Requirements OPLAN Requirements & Geography MCM Force Structure Options & Roadmap

3 3 Dedicated Force to Organic MCM (Where We Have Been) An Evolution, not revolution –All about Speed and Access for Sea Lift “Early OMCM Concept” –Carrier Strike Group (CSG) – Based –“Early” Punch Through –Dedicated force still required »OMCM force provided time and speed until dedicated force arrives (TPFDD for Dedicated SMCM is approximately C+66) –MCM Force-21 Study »50% savings on MCM operational timeline

4 4 Organic MCM to LCS MCM Mission Packages (MP’s) (Today) Still all about Speed and Access but now provides: –Persistence –MCM Capability within LCS Provides Ability to Mass Capabilities and Effects Improves Operational Reach Provides Flexible Response and Reconfiguration Capability Conducts MCM operations in advance of/outside of CSG/ESG operational areas –LCS with OMCM reduces MCM operational timeline by 70%

5 5 Joint Undersea Superiority Study (JUSS) Study initiated by the Undersea Superiority Joint Integrating Concept (JIC)**, in coordination with the United States Pacific Command (USPACOM) and the Services. –Produced the Functional Needs Analysis (FNA), which identified capability gaps and redundancies in undersea warfare. Out of 28 critical capabilities, 11 were Mine Warfare, which 7 pertained to Mine Countermeasures Gaps based on 2012 force Gaps mapped back to current force for comparison **Mandated by DEPSECDEF Wolfowitz, 08 November 2003

6 6 Dedicated Force: Airborne MCM Where We are Today PPBE (PR 07 Objective…Sustain AMCM Force During Transition to Future Systems) Fatigue Life Extension (FLEX) -Extend service life of MH-53E airframe from 2012 to 2017 AN/AQS-24 (Airborne Mine Hunting Sonar) Upgrade improves processing and provides Electro- Optical Identification (EOID) IOC in 2005 MH-53E Airborne Mine Neutralization System provides mine neutralization contingency capability Provide Kill System Hunt and sweep moored contact and proud bottom magnetic/acoustic mines Shortfalls Low signature and Buried mine detection CSG/ESG Operability OPLAN time-line response from CONUS Removal of man and mammal from the minefield Requires Amphib Sea Lift and Big Deck access Advantage: High Capacity Sweep Operations IMPROVES KILL CHAIN

7 7 PPBE (PR 07 Objective… Sustain SMCM Force During Transition to Future Systems ) Decommissioning of MHC-51 (4/year starting FY 06). Upgrade Plan for MCM-1 Class Ships ­Mid-Life Upgrade Plan continues ­Diesel engine PIP and engine overhauls ­High Frequency Wideband (HFWB) Sonar Improvements ­IOC in FY09 ­Expendable Mine Neutralization System (EMNS) ­IOC in FY08 Hunt and Sweep Moored contact and Proud Bottom magnetic/acoustic mines Shortfall Low signature and buried mine detection CSG/ESG Operability OPLAN time-line response from CONUS Removal of man and mammal from the minefield Requires MCS/Support ship Dedicated Force: Surface MCM Where We are Today Advantage: Sweeping Operations IMPROVES KILL CHAIN

8 8 Dedicated Force: Underwater MCM Where We are Today Naval Special Clearance Team (NSCT) ONE ­Very Shallow Water MCM Capability from 10’ to 40’ ­Full Detect to Engage Specialized EOD MCM Detachments ­Engage “ONLY” ­MCM Kill Chain ­Mine Exploitation Shortfalls –Man and mammal in the minefield –Requires Amphib sea lift and well deck support

9 9 BOTTOM BURIED VOLUME SURFACE Littoral Combat Ship... MIW Capabilities throughout the battlespace Super-cavitating Projectiles (kill) Rapid Airborne Mine Clearance System (RAMICS) Neutralize Sonar (search) (and on Helo) Search / ID Remote Minehunting System (RMS) – AN/AQS20A Sonar Self propelled explosive charges (kill) Neutralize Airborne Mine Neutralization System (AMNS) Acoustic + magnetic influence sweep and kill Sweep Unmanned Surface Vessel / Organic Airborne and Surface Influence Sweep (USV/OASIS) Neutralize Laser (search) Airborne Laser Mine Detection System (ALMDS) Search / ID

10 10 Organic MCM Fielding Cumulative Number of Systems Fielded USV Sweep system Wide Area Clearance/Long Endurance Sweep IOC 2011 Low Frequency Broad Band/UUV (LFBB/UUV) in S&T Provides Buried Mine Detection IOC 2012 Speed and Assured Access Capability Achieved in Build Capacity level through 2018 Key Milestones complete - Wide Area Clearance - Low signature and buried Mine Detection - Man and Mammal footprint in minefield minimized.

11 11 Transition Assumptions Minimum 20 MIW MP’s required along with dedicated force to fight war –Based on MCP analysis, operational availability, and training (ship’s crew) CNA and WBB analysis –Estimates decommissioning dedicated force between USV Sweep initial procurement FY12 with delivery in FY14 (final capability for MCM MP) Mission package delivery –Current delivery plan – 22 mission packages by 2015 RECOMMENDATION: Decomm NET FY16

12 12 MCM Inventory (U) MCM Mission Package: Complete Final Operating Capability (systems fully integrated into the Mission Packages) in FY18. LCS Quantities based on number MIW Mission Packages available, NOT available ships. Transition NET FY16 Decision Point on Transition of Dedicated Force

13 13 Conclusion Combatant Commander requirements –Analysis indicates window for decommissioning between –Magnetic/Acoustic influence sweeping remains the critical shortfall until 2016 MK105 AMCM SweepSMCM SweepUnmanned Surface Vessel Sweep

14 14 Upgrade Sweep Systems vs. Emerging 21st Century Mine Threat (U) MSO Fantail Circa 1950 MCM Fantail May 99 Over the past 50 years little has changed in the way we conduct Influence Sweeping.


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