Not long ago, DARPA had sent some artist renderings into the media and solicitations for contracts in creating ocean floor loitering nonlethal weapons and surveillance tools. Basically, they would sit at choke points, harbor mouths, and port inlets and perhaps also off coasts near military bases, but they would stay at the bottom of the ocean unless they were needed. If they were needed they would float to the top through their own buoyancy once released, and once they hit the surface they would then be available to do their job whether it was surveillance or active denial nonlethal deterrence.
Well, maybe we should go one step further? Maybe we should create seafloor buoyant tethered sea mines which could actually unbury themselves from the ocean floor sediment and flow to the top on their tether, or float up at various heights and intervals based on a mathematical grid format. This would prevent submarines which might hit the mine or the cable either of which would detonate the device, and surface ships whose hull would be traveling just under those waves. They could be retracted, or let loose to find their buoyancy point at the end of the cable, and the rest of the time they could rest and wait.
This would allow us to leave ship lanes open, and provide for our own ships to cross as needed, but in the event of a war or problem they would be available at a moment’s notice using a special set of frequencies in a certain sequence to activate them. Likewise, unmanned underwater robotic units could also be placed under the sea, float up to the surface, and track and follow an enemy military vessel. Or they might track pirates or drug smugglers by water – smile it’s all good.
We have all the technology now to do all of this and more, it’s surprising that we haven’t already, because the engineering is simple, sound, and we know all the physics we need to make it happen. I would commend DARPA moving forward on this concept, and suggest they take it to the next level, not that we need to weaponize the sea, but that we must protect ourselves from very quiet diesel powered-electric submarines which are now commonplace throughout the world. We must protect the American people, our assets, and or military bases abroad.
Likewise, the U.S. Navy has been commissioned to keep shipping lines open, and protect maritime security around the world. With a smaller Navy and fewer ships, we will not be able to fulfill that mission, and therefore we will need additional technologies to help us maintain our strength around the globe. Please consider all this and think on it.
Lance Winslow has launched a new provocative series of eBooks on Future Concepts. Lance Winslow is a retired Founder of a Nationwide Franchise Chain, and now runs the Online Think Tank; http://www.worldthinktank.net
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