The Navy plans to increase the size of its marine mammal programme significantly in the years to come. ONR's chief, Rear Admiral Wilson, has asserted that military dolphins will be utilized in 'expanding roles', including protecting offshore oil wells from terrorists and combating underwater sabotage of their shipping. According to official documents, the Navy has enlarged its budget for the programme substantially in the past few years, appropriating $28.7 million between 1985 and 1989 for 'advanced marine biological research.'

(UPDATE: The dolphin program was officially shut down in the United States Navy in 1995 (?) - although I believe they still have dolphins, it's been severely cut-back.)

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