The Marine Expeditionary Unit: A Limited Conventional Response Force; Not a SOF Substitute
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI DEPT OF OPERATIONS
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The Marine Expeditionary Unit MEU is analyzed as to its proper employment in a theater Commander in Chiefs Area of Responsibility. Arguments are presented as to how the development of a Service unique special operations capability unnecessarily duplicate current in-theater special operations forces missions and how this degrades a MEUs primary mission of amphibious warfare. The organization and missions are discussed to provide background to place the MEU in proper perspective as a CINCs forced entry capability. Deficiencies, limitations, and conventional capabilities are also discussed. Recommendations are made to improve the MEUs capabilities and concludes that the MEU should emphasize conventional Warfare with some enhanced capabilities to address post- Cold War problems that face the New World Order.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics