CATF, CWC, and Amphibious Doctrine.
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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One of the most complex aspects of amphibious operations is the command and control of such multi-service, multienvironment activities. The means to accomplish this aspect of amphibious operations is the center of debate among both Navy and Marine Corps leaders. Current amphibious doctrine, as reflected in JCS Pub 3-02, evolved in the years between the two world wars and from the epic campaigns of World War II and Korea. Proponents claim this doctrine is time tested and written in the blood of those who fought in those battles. During non-amphibious fleet operations, todays Navy uses the Composite Warfare Commander CWC concept outlined in Naval Warfare Publication 10-1. Efforts are underway to combine these concepts to establish a viable doctrine for use in the future amphibious operations. This paper examines the assignment of CATF to amphibious operations as well as the Navys existing and proposed command and control concepts. The premise of the paper is that command and control in amphibious operations can be carried out using existing procedures. Amphibious doctrine is sound, and it is compatible with the CWC concept.
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