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will incorporate in its blueprints the knowledge and wisdom of actual submariners
1- both active and retired.
2. SUBMARINE INDUSTRIAL BASE: Hundreds of other southern New
England businesses feed into the submarine industry. The Submarine Industrial
Base Council estimates 568 Connecticut suppliers for the Virginia-class program
alone. Rhode Island has 150.In fact; more than 60 percent of our nation's undersea
warfare work is performed in southern New England. My colleague and good
friend, Rep. Jim Langevin of Rhode Island, wisely noted last week that "the
combination of these factors simply cannot be replicated elsewhere with the same
record of achievement."
3. NAVAL UNDERWATER WARFARE CENTER (NUWC): This is the
Navy's full-spectrum research, development, test and evaluation, engineering ad
fleet support center for submarines, autonomous underwater systems, and offensive
and defensive weapons systems associated with undersea warfare.
4. ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS: The Marine Sciences Department of the
University of Connecticut at Avery Point, the Coast Guard Research and
Development Center at Avery Point, the Marine Sciences Department of the
W University of Rhode Island, the Coast Guard Academy, Eastern Connecticut Sate
University and Yale University are just a few of the academic resources located
within 50 miles of the SUBASE New London which contribute to the synergy of
subsurface excellence which is a national asset. Also within reasonable driving
distances are the Marine Sciences Department of the University of Massachusetts,
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, Harvard University and MIT. All of these
have very specialized and high quality undersea research and training programs. In
addition, the Coast Guard Academy conducts leadership training in homeland
security for Cadets, Officers and Enlisted personnel.
5. MYSTIC AQUARIUM'S INSTITUTE FOR EXPLORATION: Under
the leadership of the legendary Dr. Robert D. Ballard, discoverer of the Titanic, the
Institute for Exploration engages in cutting edge littoral and deep ocean
exploration. Dr. Ballard's activities have provided missions for the Navy's NR-1
nuclear research submersible, and have extraordinary implications for American's
national intelligence capabilities. We hope that the Commission will accommodate
a detailed briefing on these activities in the future.
In October 14, 2004, Michael W. Wynne signed a memorandum regarding the
W BRAC 2005 Military Value Principles. A close examination of the role of Naval
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United States. Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission. BRAC Commission - Notes and Research, text, November 29, 2005; (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc24567/m1/3/: accessed April 21, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.