CSIS: NATO Needs ‘Federated Approach’ to Anti-Submarine Warfare Capability Devt Against Russia’s Undersea Challenge

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submarineA Center for Strategic and International Studies report says the U.S. and other NATO member countries should adopt a “federated approach” to anti-submarine warfare capability development in order to counter the challenge posed by Russia’s undersea assets in Northern Europe.

CSIS said in the July report that such a federated approach will work to integrate “national and NATO platforms, sensors, and personnel in a coordinated manner.”

NATO and its partners should work to prepare organizational structures through the NATO-Nordic Defense Cooperation and establishment of a center of excellence that focuses on ASW in order to rebuild ASW capability in the region, according to the report.

The report also suggested capability updates through the development of a multiplatform ASW system designed to focus on payloads and operate in multiple domains.

CSIS recommended that NATO should reopen the Keflavik Naval Air Station in Iceland and ask Norway to get its Olavsvern-based submarine support facility back to operation in an effort to build up the alliance’s ASW posture in Northern Europe.

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