Foreign Flag Sealift: A Risky Business for The Combatant Commander
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT
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It is important for the Combatant Commander of US Joint Forces to be able to project combat power wherever it is needed around the globe. Sealift, both from foreign flagged and American flagged merchant ships, plays a key role in meeting this power projection requirement. The purpose of this paper is to prove that foreign flagged sealift presents significant risks to the Combatant Commanders deployment mission during hostilities however, these risks can be mitigated if the strategic lift assets are prudently managed during the deployment process. Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm as well as Operation Iraqi Freedom provide valuable lessons learned in the deployment process, where both foreign flag and US flag sealift, were used. This paper will explore ways to minimize the risks associated with utilizing foreign flagged ships for sealift as well as providing for some strategies that will also enhance the sealift fleet.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics