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The Army and the Need for an Amphibious Capability

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Technical Report,01 Jun 2014,23 May 2015

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US Army Command and General Staff College Fort Leavenworth United States

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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 Staffs 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 Armys historical role in amphibious operations, and an analysis of Army doctrine, organization, training, materiel, leadershipeducation, 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.

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