Executive Correspondence – Letter dated 07/27/2005 to all Commissioners from the Maine Delegation Page: 3 of 28
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07/27/05 15: 02 FAX 202 225 5590 REP. TOM ALLEN Executive Correspondn
Homeland defense/NASB, page 2
2. The strategy identifies the need for core capabilities to (a) detect and track
potential maritime threats effectively, (b) intercept and defeat threats in the
maritime approaches, and (c) direct consequence management.
The maritime patrol fleet provides these capabilities today, to help "ensure
persistent wide-area surveillance and reconnaissance of the U.S. maritime
approaches." With maritime patrol bases located at the "four corners" of the
continental United States, as well as on Hawaii, the P-3 fleet is optimally based to
provide comprehensive maritime domain awareness. In the future, the MMA's
increased capabilities will allow a response time to any point on the coast of less
than two hours from these bases. All major sea lanes of approach can be covered
within operational range of the aircraft. As an example, Naval Air Station
Brunswick is located strategically astride the Atlantic sea lanes. As the only
capable active duty airfield in the Northeast, the base is uniquely positioned to
provide awareness of the maritime approaches and protect the economically
critical ports in the region. Aircrews from NAS Brunswick have been flying in
support of Vigilant Shield since September 11, 2001.
The strategy also calls for enhanced international collaboration to establish
maritime domain awareness of identification and interdiction of potential threats.
The P-3 has already demonstrated its value in this area through its contribution to
the multi-national exercises under the Proliferation Security Initiative. NAS
Brunswick is integrated as a NATO facility and regularly supports multiple types
of foreign aircraft.
The P-3 also provides a valuable tool for consequence management for chemical,
biological, radiological, nuclear of high-yield explosive (CBRNE) attacks. As
demonstrated in the aftermath of the South Asian tsunami, the P-3s are a rapidly
deployable asset that provides decision-makers with real-time information which
cannot be provided by any other airborne platform in the U.S. inventory.
3. The strategy identifies the need for shaping the force structure for homeland
defense missions. As mentioned, the maritime patrol fleet is already proven to
successfully adapt to multiple missions. The strategy calls for the development of
new generations of sensors to enhance domain awareness and maritime defense.
Both the advanced sensor suite on board the MMA and the aircraft's planned
operational integration with the BAMS UAV meet this goal.
The strategy also observes the critical role for the Naval Reserve in maritime
security. The reserve P-3 components have fully integrated with active duty
squadrons, forming a seamless operational force. In the case of NAS Brunswick,
we note that the planned establishment of a Joint Anned Forces Reserve Center
on the base will further enhance the Naval Reserve's role in homeland defense.
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