Deployment Integration of United States Marine Corps and Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18 Squadrons: Is It A Viable Concept
Master's thesis 6 Aug 1999-2 Jun 2000
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS
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The US National Security Strategy advocates an integrated strategic approach to security embodied by the terms Shape, Respond, and Prepare Now. Deployment integration is predicated on the third element--Preparing now for an uncertain future. The research model chosen for this study integrates an Australian FA-18 squadron into the Marine FA-18 unit deployment schedule at Marine Corps Air Station, Iwakuni, Japan. The study concludes that deployment integration is indeed a viable cooperative security strategy that should be pursued. Although the research model is not recommended as a permanent arrangement, USMC and RAAF FA-18 squadron integration is advanced as an important contingency capability. The effect of this arrangement is likened to a force multiplier in that when hostilities break out anywhere around the globe, an existing FA-18 unit exchange can transition to an immediate RAAF contingency capability in Northeast Asia. The advantage of this contingency capability is added flexibility for geographic combatant commanders to use U.S. Marine Corps FA-18 squadrons in other regions of the world when circumstances demand it.