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Navy Hones ‘Distributed Lethality’ Surface Warfare Concept

NavyShipsThe U.S. Navy continues to hone its surface warfare operations based on the Distributed Lethality warfighting concept that the service introduced earlier this year at the Surface Navy Association symposium, Breaking Defense reported Friday.

Scott Truver writes that Distributed Lethality works to utilize surface, amphibious and combat logistics vessels to bolster the surface fleet’s offensive capability and shift the focus from defense.

“Our vision is of naval forces employed in a widely dispersed, often autonomous manner with the ability to hold potential adversaries at risk, at range,” said Vice Adm. Thomas Rowden, commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet‘s naval surface forces.

He noted that the Distributed Lethality Task Force will work on the concept’s programming, budgeting and other courses of action over the next year.

Task force leader Capt. Joe Cahill said the team held workshops in April and July and a scoping session in September ahead of an upcoming workshop this month as part of preparations for a formal war game in 2016.

Distributed Lethality has a planning horizon of 2030, the report said.

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