July 15, 2022
The U.S. Navy’s new operational approach to winning a high-end fight with a peer competitor is called Distributed Maritime Operations (DMO). The essence of DMO is found in three core tenets: making U.S. forces (particularly naval platforms but also land-based forces) hard to find, hard to kill, and highly lethal. One critical new capability that will contribute significantly to the implementation of all three tenets is Raytheon’s new SPY-6 family of radars. The new SPY-6 radar provides a dramatic improvement in radar performance. It has greater power and resolution than the SPY-1 resulting in increased detection range, a capability to detect and track a wider range of targets in larger numbers, and improved performance in degraded environments. I have written more on this subject here.
|Daniel Gouré, Ph.D., is a vice president at the public-policy research think tank Lexington Institute. Goure has a background in the public sector and U.S. federal government, most recently serving as a member of the 2001 Department of Defense Transition Team.