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Considerations For Distributed Short Takeoff Vertical Landing (STOVL) Operations

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Technical Report

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Joint Military Operations Department, Naval War College Newport United States

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The U.S. Marine Corps new concept, Distributed STOVL Operations, seeks to provide the Joint Force Commander JFC with options in the near-peer Anti-Access Area Denial A2ADenvironment. It is an enabler for the JFCs larger Joint Operational Access Concept. The concept is currently in its infancy, and analysis indicates that it places the preponderance of its planning at the tactical level of war. To become viable, Distributed STOVL Operations needs further review and doctrinal guidance at the operational level. This paper explains the Marine Corps new concept and defines the operational level concerns in both protection and deception. It also suggests a modification to the concept that provides options to the JFC and the overall joint plan. The paper draws conclusions regarding the applicability of the new distributed concept and makes recommendations for consideration.

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