Diesel Submarines: The U.S. Navy's Secret Weapon in a War Against China?

November 25, 2020 Topic: Security Region: Asia Blog Brand: The Reboot Tags: NavyU.S. NavyMilitaryTechnologyWorldSubmarinesDiesel Submarines

Diesel Submarines: The U.S. Navy's Secret Weapon in a War Against China?

U.S. naval expansion has put a premium on low-cost yet effective platforms that can be acquired in bulk. Diesel-electric submarines constitute one such platform.

The MITRE proposal, then, deserves a fair hearing—not denunciation. Every ship in a global navy need not be a globe-spanning ship. Diesel submarines are an option for the future U.S. Navy. Whether to exercise that option is the question before Congress and the navy.

James Holmes is Professor of Strategy at the Naval War College and coauthor of Red Star over the Pacific (second edition forthcoming 2018). The views voiced here are his alone.

This article first appeared in 2017.

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