This report provides a general description of deep ocean mining (dom) technology, sources for dom technology, and identifies approaches and requirements for acquisition by the enterprise, the organ of the authority that will carry out ocean mining activities, of dom technology by conventional means. The approaches identified assume the enterprise enters into a contractual-joint venture arrangements with an uncommitted and competent systems management firm at various stages of the dom system acquisition process. The approaches provide for training through work-study as well as through direct participation in acquisition programs. The potential success of the alternatives are evaluated in terms of the likelihood of the acquisition of an ongoing enterprise economic dom operational capability. The study concludes that sources exist and that the enterprise should undertake the development of its own technical capability through conceptual design prior to selecting its source for systems management expertise.
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