ASNE Reports Details Of Recent Symposium On Combat Systems

On October 12 and 13, the American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE), in cooperation with the Naval Sea Systems Command and the Chief of Naval Research, held its first technical symposium dedicated to Combat Systems Design, Acquisition, and Installation. The symposium was held at the Naval Academy, and over 7,000 people representing the Navy, Department of Defense (DOD) civilian employees, and private industry attended.

Capt. A. Skolnick, program chairman for the symposium, noted that the Navy Combat Systems Symposium represented an opportunity for discussion and interchange among engineers and managers in the context of a professional forum. Progress made in accepted and classical weaponrelated ideas, as well as projections for concepts of a more controversial nature, were reported upon. The symposium provided both stage and forum for concerned and involved engineering professionals to consider the issue of Navy Combat Systems in a climate of technical knowledge coupled with pertinent operational experience.

Speakers and other participants represented both military and civilian interest, which share a common purpose: development and production of more effective combat systems for the Navy's operational fleet to meet the current and projected threat. This symposium was a singular milestone in bringing together key individuals involved in ship combat system design and in permitting extended discussion on a subject of crucial importance.

The symposium was divided into seven sessions: Combat System Design and Engineering; Ship Design for Combat Systems; Combat System Installation; Combat System Survivability; Combat System Acquisition and Acceptance; Combat Systems for 1990- 2000; and Combat Systems for Advanced Platforms.

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