Accession Number : ADA463612


Title :   Protection of Shipping: A Forgotten Mission with Many New Challenges


Descriptive Note : Research paper


Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT


Personal Author(s) : Grubb, Michael C


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a463612.pdf


Report Date : 10 Oct 2006


Pagination or Media Count : 29


Abstract : The protection of shipping mission is a core mission of any navy. Despite this, over the past century, the capital ship primacy of Mahan and offensive ethos of Nelson have repeatedly caused naval leaders to relegate protection of shipping to a lesser included mission status, often leading to devastating losses of shipping when war came. Today, the protection of shipping mission still finds itself behind more high-profile missions such as strike warfare and ballistic missile defense. Naval leaders must recognize that the dynamic range of threats, littoral maneuver challenges, and unique political and ROE limitations found in the limited conflicts the United States now faces will continue to require joint force commanders to provide for the direct defense of shipping in future conflicts. The latest revisions of joint, Navy, and Allied doctrine leverage advances in maritime domain awareness and coordination with the maritime industry to counter low-intensity threats from piracy and terrorism, but do not sufficiently address more complex threats. Only through increases in joint/combined capacity for protection of shipping tasks, and improved levels of awareness, training, and readiness in the protection of shipping mission will operational level commanders have the means to ensure the safety of shipping along all points of the threat spectrum.


Descriptors :   *COMMERCE , *THREATS , *MISSIONS , *PROTECTION , *SHIPPING , *MERCHANT VESSELS , *JOINT MILITARY ACTIVITIES , *NAVY , POLICIES , MARITIME INDUSTRY , SITUATIONAL AWARENESS , SECOND WORLD WAR , CARGO SHIPS , EVOLUTION(DEVELOPMENT) , HISTORY , OPERATIONAL READINESS , MILITARY DOCTRINE , BOAT AND SHIP SAFETY , TERRORISM , COLD WAR , LESSONS LEARNED


Subject Categories : Economics and Cost Analysis
      Surface Transportation and Equipment
      Marine Engineering
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE