Son of Maritime Prepositioning Force
Strategy research project
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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Given decreasing force structure and the concurrent reduction of overseas basing, U.S. ability to shape the strategic environment and respond to the full spectrum of crises is increasingly influenced by the forward presence of Naval Expeditionary Forces. Additionally, our National Security Strategy now more than ever relies on strategic mobility for force projection. Maritime prepositioning is a strategic deployment option. An overview of the Marine Corps Maritime Prepositioning Force MPF is provided. The concept of Operational Maneuver from the Sea OMFTS is introduced describing its basic tenets and its impact on the future of MPF. Specific OMFTS related capabilities are identified which support the evolving MPF 2010 concept. Four future Son of MPF alternatives are developed that vary in their ability to support the MPF 2010 concept. They range from extending current shipping capability to procuring squadrons of Mobile Offshore Bases. The alternatives are then assessed by their relative ability to support the related National Military Strategy concepts of strategic agility and power projection. A recommended alternative is provided.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics