The Combined Mine Countermeasures Force: A Unified Commander-in-Chief's Answer to the Mine Threat
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT
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The threat of mines presents a Unified commander-in-Chief CINC with problems affecting the time-space-force aspects of his command. Further complicating this matter, is the U.S. Navys inability to adequately address the mine threat problem unilaterally. History demonstrates that the U.S. Navys inability to maintain a mine countermeasures MCM force sufficiently large enough and technologically advanced enough has been nominally off-set by the strengths of a combined MCM force. Joint Doctrine supports the forming of alliances and coalitions, whenever possible, in order to integrate the capabilities of other nations and to promote regional stability. The complexities associated with combined forces are simplified by the characteristics and political appeal of MCM, making it attractive to the CINC and potential partner-nations. Given that mines will remain a threat complicating a CINCs ability to effectively direct the operations of his forces, and that there is a legitimate need to solve the U.S. Navys MCM deficiencies, a CINC will be able to train as he would fight and positively influence regional stability by planning for a combined MCM force.
- Land Mine Warfare