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What can the Marine Corps learn about EABO from the Battle of Wake Island?

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[Technical Report, Research Paper]

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Naval War College

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What can the Marine Corps learn about EABO from the Battle of Wake Island As the Marine Corps implements the Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations EABO concept, are there lessons that can be learned from historical case studies to apply to EABO planning and execution The Battle of Wake Island in 1941 featured a small detachment of Marines in defense of an Advanced Naval Base against an overwhelming Japanese force. Marines who execute EABO against a peer threat today could find themselves in a situation very similar to that of the outgunned and outmanned Marines on Wake 80 years ago. The Battle of Wake Island possesses many lessons that link directly to concerns that the Joint Force Maritime Component Commander JFMCC should study and consider when employing EABO. These concerns are the necessity for mutual support, proper command and control, and ensuring an appropriate force structure.


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  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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