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Mine warfare consists of the control or denial of sea or harbor areas through the laying of minefields and countering enemy mine warfare by destroying or neutralizing their minefields.
Recommendations for Executive Action
|Department of Defense||1. The Secretary of Defense should, until most of the mine countermeasures improvements are available in the mid-1980s, take actions to increase the readiness of surface ship and airborne mine countermeasures units. Specifically, actions should address personnel deficiencies, platform shortcomings, and equipment deficiencies.|
|Department of Defense||2. The Secretary of Defense should require that steps be taken to obtain information necessary to provide a better understanding of Soviet mine warfare intentions. As these data are determined, mine countermeasures force level objectives should be adjusted accordingly.|