"The Commander Submarine Forces (COMSUBFOR) established the Undersea Warfare Chief Technology Officer (USW CTO) to understand, influence, and align Undersea Warfare (USW) Science and Technology (S&T) efforts to ensure S&T investments are properly balanced to meet near, mid and far-term capability needs. The USW CTO is charged with developing and publishing the Undersea Warfare Science and Technology Objectives (USW STO). This document describes the process by which the USW STOs are developed as well as the strategic guidance to support this need, thereby serving as justification for future investment in technology investment to support warfighting in the Undersea Domain. This document is structured based on focus areas as outlined in the 2015 Naval S&T Strategy. In addition, USW leadership believes that Undersea Maneuver Warfare (UMW) and Undersea Precision Navigation and Timing (UPNT) are critical areas that must be addressed to support future undersea operations."
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