Forward Deployed Naval Forces in the Republic of the Philippines
Technical Report,10 Aug 2015,10 Jun 2016
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE FORT LEAVENWORTH KS FORT LEAVENWORTH United States
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Forward Deployed Naval Forces is not a new concept or strategy. In fact, it was utilized by other nations such as the British and French prior to World War II. The United States has also stationed naval forces in areas that were previously colonized such as the Philippines after the Spanish American War. Today the United States has naval ships stationed in forward bases in Japan, Spain, Italy, and Bahrain. The aim of this thesis paper is to study and analyze the stationing of a capable naval force in the Republic of the Philippines to provide a stabilizing presence in the South China Sea. This research focuses on the strategic location of the Philippines and the surrounding islands that can provide an immediate access to the South China Sea. This thesis details the Republic of the Philippines and Peoples Republic of China territorial dispute in the South China Sea region and its potential effects in destabilizing government relations. This research is conducted to study and analyze the basing of a U.S. naval force in the Republic of the Philippines. The results should provide an overview of the social aspects, political climate, and military outcomes that influence basing in the region.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
- Naval Surface Warfare