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Access Granted

CUSV Textron unmanned vessel

Unmanned Surface Vessels Counter the Threat of Mines

By George Jagels

The U.S. Navy’s most talked about acquisition program, the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), is, at $500 million per vessel, relatively inexpensive for a modern warship. With a crew ranging in size from 50 to 88, the LCS is designed to control coastal areas with speed, diverse mission packages, and shallow draft that destroyers and cruisers lack. Littorals, however, can be very dangerous, and U.S. adversaries are adjusting their strategies to deny access to them. Regardless of the LCS’ lower cost and smaller crew, the Navy does not want to put ships at risk in the face of asymmetric threats.

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TDM’s Brief Retech Recap

In support of DoD Power, Energy & Propulsion, our magazine focusing on the military’s operational energy needs, Tactical Defense Media headed to RETECH 2013. Held annually in the DC area, RETECH works hard to inform the renewables industry on federal government and military energy requirements that they can fill. Here’s a short list of some comments we found interesting.

USAF Perspective

In the conference’s opening session, Douglas Tucker, Senior Facilities Energy Engineer, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment and Logistics, discussed the USAF’s requirements. He reinforced the idea that efficiency is critical—particularly in forward-deployed bases—while noting that in CONUS facilities are so diverse that one renewable energy standard for the whole service is very difficult to achieve. Moreover, he said, renewable energy must be “cost competitive and reliable.”

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