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Document: U.S. Navy’s Autonomous Undersea Vehicle Report

The following is a comprehensive report on the Navy’sĀ autonomous undersea vehicle report outlining its plansĀ to 2025. It was delivered to Congress on Feb. 18, 2016.

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    There is one obvious omission from this summary report to the Senate Armed Services Committee. No mention of, or even an allusion to, the possibility of an AUVN. Perhaps that’s in the unexpurgated version.

    The ultimate long-life “battery” would be a portable nuclear energy source, like the technology we have used on some spacecraft for over 50 years. I’m sure the implications of such a vehicle becoming somehow disabled inside anti-access/area denial (A2/AD) waters, with a piece of deadly plutonium inside it, would have far-reaching political implications, particularly with international nuclear regulatory agencies and environmental groups.