The ASDS Is Sailing Rough Seas

Polmar, Norman
January 2006
U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings;Jan2006, Vol. 132 Issue 1, p88
Conference Proceeding
This article reports that the U.S. Navy's long-awaited Advanced SEAL Delivery System (ASDS) is in rough waters. The U.S. Special Operations Command, which sponsors the program, has cancelled plans to acquire a fleet of the submersibles in the near term. This action brings into question the submarine community's long advocacy of submarine force increases based on the intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance mission. The ASDS program had been called into question last fall when several members of the U.S. Congress began asking tough questions about the program, which was initialed in 1994.


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