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Friday, January 23, 2015

Transparent Sea: The Unstealthy Future Of Submarines

USS OlympiaSubmarines have been America’s invisible advantage since World War II. But the oceans are getting more transparent.

New detection technologies from low-frequency sonar to flashing LEDs — plus the big data computing power to enhance the faint signals they pick up — are making submarines much easier to detect. The same water-penetrating wavelengths, however, will also make it much easier for submarines to communicate with each other.

The net result should be radically new tactics, Bryan Clark, a career submariner and former top aide to the Chief of Naval Operations, says in a new study for the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments out today.

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