Accession Number:

ADA383693

Title:

MEU (SOC)s and Operational Maneuver from the Sea: There Needs to be a Change

Descriptive Note:

Monograph

Corporate Author:

ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1999-12-17

Pagination or Media Count:

57.0

Abstract:

The beginning of the 21st century will confront the U.S. Marine Corps forward-deployed Marine Expeditionary Units Special Operations Capable MEU SOC with challenges and opportunities while operating as the Nations Force in Readiness. The challenges are caused by the demise of the Soviet Union and the rise of regional conflict, which affects the United States national interests. As the worlds population explodes in the coastal regions, the potential for conflict and possible Marine Corps intervention grows. The opportunities for the Marine Corps entering the 21 century are in the emerging technologies that will enhance the way Marines operate in the future. This monograph suggests changes required in the MEU SOC organization that will allow it to operate under the new Marine Corps doctrine entitled Operational Maneuver from the Sea OMFTS. Beginning with a history of key Marine Corps challenges, the monograph demonstrates how the Marine Corps has recognized changes in conflict and technology throughout its history and adapted accordingly. Although the study proves the Marine Corps can adapt to change, it demonstrates the Marine Corps has always maintained its expeditionary ethos and naval heritage. This monograph reviews and explains the key concepts of the threat and new operating doctrine to confront that threat. The threat study, entitled Chaos in the Littorals, predicts a complex operating environment along the worlds coastlines and urban areas. To confront these challenges, the Marine Corps has defined seventeen new concepts for future operations within OMFTS. Ship to Objective Maneuver, Sustained Operations Ashore and Comprehensive Command and Coordination are three key concepts of OMFTS that will have immediate effects on how a MEU SOC operates in the future. After examining the organization and capabilities of the MEU SOC, this monograph analyzes a present day MEU SOC attempting to operate under OMFTS within

Subject Categories:

  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE