Emerging Missions

Graphic: Torpedo


Rapid and cost-effective expansion of submarine-based capabilities that fill validated joint warfighting gaps under the new Triad


  • Commander, Fleet Forces Command (CFFC)
  • Commander, US Strategic Command (COMUSSTRATCOM)
  • The SSBN Fleet
  • PEO (SUB)

Program Summary

As SSP looks to the future and recognizes the needs of our nation during great power competition as well as global war on terrorism, combatant commanders such as U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM) will need both nuclear and conventional strategic weapons. A variety of missions may be satisfied by derivative changes to the Strategic Weapon System (SWS). For example, penetrating nuclear or conventional warheads could be delivered by modification to the current TRIDENT II system. To meet the needs of the 2018 Nuclear Posture Review (NPR), SSP is actively engaged with other strategic stakeholders. SSP may find it necessary to embed flexibility and adaptability into the SWS to meet the NPR and STRATCOM's needs. This is often accomplished in a spiral manner where initial capability deploys quickly to be followed by a series of evolutionary improvements that also deploy in minimum time.

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