Since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, the People’s Republic of China has embarked on an ambitious program to expand and modernize its military forces. The country’s naval force, now the largest among Asian countries, features a growing fleet of submarines, including nearly 10 nuclear-powered attack submarines as well as a number of nuclear ballistic and cruise-missile subs.
According to an article published recently by the U.S. Naval Institute, China seems to be "transitioning toward becoming a global naval force,” capable of projecting power or diplomacy through sustained maritime operations anywhere in the world.
For the past two years, computer science Prof. Jie Wang and his team of researchers from UMass Lowell and the University of Connecticut have been conducting theoretical research on developing new mobile networks of undersea sensors for detecting submarine intrusions along the coast of the United States. The team’s work is funded with a three-year grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) worth nearly $250,000.