The JFMCC and the Marine Corps: Integrate to Win the Black Sea Fight
NAVAL WAR COLLEGE NEWPORT RI NEWPORT United States
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Marine integration with the Navy contributes to meeting vital U.S. naval operational requirements, especially when organized as an integral part of a joint force maritime component command JFMCC in the Black Sea against the current Russian threat. The Global Operating Model provides a cognitive and operational framework to explore the validity of Navy and Marine Corps integration in this region through contact, blunt, and surge layers. In the contact layer, Marine integration allows the JFMCC to maintain regional access, assure allies, and counter expanding Russian influence despite limitations imposed by geography and international conventions. As a blunt layer force, Marine integration supports the JFMCCs operational objectives of denying Russian sea control and freedom of movement despite lacking a persistent force in the region. Finally, in the surge layer, a Navy and Marine integrated JFMCC gains a greater ability to project power against a robust anti-access and area-denial network and decisively defeat Russian aggression. The author acknowledges the current discussion on Marine and Navy integration at the service-chief level with a focus on the Pacific. However, to the best of the authors knowledge, this is the only paper exploring and proposing an operational framework for Marine integration using a functional component construct in the Black Sea.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics