We just discussed the Navy’s tendency to believe that the enemy will cooperate in their own defeat (see, "Thanks for Co-operating Mr. Enemy") and that all of our weapon systems will work exactly as intended, unhindered by any disruptive activities from our enemies. Of course, that’s sheer lunacy!
You know what we need? We need an anti-weapon system group! That would be a group whose mission is to develop counters to our own weapon systems throughout their fielded service lives but especially as those systems are being conceptualized, designed, and initially built.
Concurrently developing a weapon system and its counter(s) would allow early incorporation of fixes, modifications, and counter-counters rather than fielding a system and only finding out years later, the hard way, that the enemy has an effective counter that we didn’t think of or, more likely, opted to ignore so as not to paint a negative picture of the system while funding was being solicited from Congress.
For example, we’re aggressively developing UAVs, to put it mildly. However, there are a number of potential ways to counter UAVs including jamming the communications and control links, attacking communication relay platforms, disrupting GPS signals, cyber (hacking) attacks, overriding the control signals with a higher strength signal, injecting false signals into legitimate control signals, overheating the UAV via directed but diffuse microwave and laser broadcasts, and so on. And that’s just what I, a non-UAV specialist can think of. What other ideas could an expert come up with? Wouldn’t it be nice if we had a group dedicated to theorizing possible counters so that we could incorporate protections into the UAV designs before they’re set in stone?
Not every counter needs to be high tech, nor does it need to be directed very narrowly at a specific technology. For example, an entire carrier group could be halted in its tracks by a plane, sub, or remote UxV seeding hundreds of false periscope decoys (maybe with a simple noisemaker to mimic an enemy sub’s sounds?) in the group’s path. Imagine the convulsions the carrier group would go through prosecuting each decoy against the chance that it isn’t a decoy. That would be a simple counter to an entire carrier group. What’s our counter-counter?
You can bet the Chinese, Russians, and others have people dedicated to coming up with counters to our weapon systems. Wouldn’t it be nice if those counters weren’t a complete surprise to us?