Accession Number : AD1001650

Title :   The Army and the Need for an Amphibious Capability

Descriptive Note : Technical Report,01 Jun 2014,23 May 2015

Corporate Author : US Army Command and General Staff College Fort Leavenworth United States

Personal Author(s) : Malone,Joseph E

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Report Date : 23 May 2015

Pagination or Media Count : 66

Abstract : Though national strategic guidance does not specify the need for the United States Army to maintain an amphibious capability, joint doctrine does task the Army with providing landing forces as part of larger, joint amphibious operations. This doctrine, when coupled with the Joint Staff's Joint Operational Access Concept, that outlines the means by which U.S. forces project power to defeat aggression in the face of increasingly complex anti-access and area-denial weapons and technologies, the so-called pivot to the Pacific, and shortfalls in existing joint amphibious capacity, suggests that the Army is in need of an amphibious capability. This study assesses this need in light of anticipated amphibious requirements, the Army's historical role in amphibious operations, and an analysis of Army doctrine, organization, training, materiel, leadership/education, personnel, and facilities (DOTMLPF) to identify capability gaps that the Army would need to address in order to fulfill its role in Joint amphibious operations.

Descriptors :   MILITARY CAPABILITIES , ARMY , amphibious operations , MILITARY HISTORY , joint military activities , military doctrine

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE