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The authors worked with panels of qualified scientists, defense experts, and naval officers to develop a concept of operation for a possible replacement platform, analyzing which military and scientific missions should have the highest priorities for their deep-diving research submarines.

Table of Contents

  • Preface PDF

  • Figures PDF

  • Tables PDF

  • Summary PDF

  • Acknowledgements

    Acknowledgments PDF

  • Acronyms PDF

  • Chapter One

    Introduction PDF

  • Chapter Two

    NR-1 PDF

  • Chapter Three

    Science PDF

  • Chapter Four

    Military PDF

  • Chapter Five

    Conclusions PDF

  • Appendix A

    Agency Inputs PDF

  • Appendix B

    Prior Studies PDF

  • Appendix C

    CONOPs for NR-2 Military and Science Support Missions PDF

  • Appendix D

    Submarine Design-Driving Capabilities Definitions PDF

  • Appendix E

    Military Mission Profiles PDF

  • Appendix F

    Hypsometry Data PDF

  • Appendix G

    NR-2 Support Concepts of Operations PDF

  • Appendix H

    Oceans Act of 2000 PDF

  • Chapter I

    Submarine Cable Infrastructure PDF

  • Bibliography PDF

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