Army Special Operations Forces and Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) Integration: Something a Joint Task Force Commander Should Consider
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES
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Due to the current and future world events, the United States Armed Forces have to be more flexible, far reaching, and timely to react to or deter conflict. To meet these demands the military must have interoperability, which in this monograph means jointness. This monograph addresses whether it is beneficial in future conflict for a JTF commander to integrate ARSOF with a MEU SOC. This monograph does not address the current issue of the Marine Corps developing a unit for Special Operations Command SOCOM. However, the paper explores the possibility of the interoperability of the MEU SOC, a conventional marine unit, and ARSOF. Operation Assured Response and Operation Enduring Freedom - Philippines are used as case studies. The analysis of the case studies reveals issues of basing, logistics, force protection, MEDEVAC, and mobility. Each issue is addressed with the benefits of integrating ARSOF and a MEU SOC. To make the recommendations a reality, the monograph concludes that there is a need to improve the officer education system, update doctrine, and the MEU SOC and ARSOF need interoperability training during the MEU pre-deployment training. The theme of the monograph is interoperability and timeliness. Today, the U.S. military is deployed worldwide. To meet the demands there needs to be an understanding of jointness. One service cannot accomplish all the current missions alone. During planning, staffs and commanders should understand the power and consider utilizing the combined capabilities of ARSOF and the MEU SOC. This monograph demonstrates that by using ARSOF and the MEU SOC, JTF commanders would have more versatility and responsiveness.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics