Expeditionary Strike Groups Operating as Joint Force Maritime Component Commanders
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT
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The Navy and Marine Corps team of the ESG is the most versatile, capable, and enabling force in Expeditionary Warfare. The ESG embodies nearly all the capabilities required to complete any mission in the littorals and is the force of choice for certain missions within the ROMO. In the execution of these missions where a Joint Task Force is formed, ESGs typically represent the preponderance of maritime forces and provide extensive experience and capabilities for such operations. Even though the ESG may be the best choice to act as JFMCC in the littoral, there is little training conducted prior to deployment to prepare them for JFMCC tasking. This paper examines the capabilities of ESGs and analyzes whether they should be trained as a JFMCC for certain operations within ROMO including Foreign Humanitarian Assistance, Noncombatant Evacuation, Disaster Relief, and Peacekeeping Operations. By analyzing the operational level functions of the JFMCC, comparingcontrasting capabilities of the CSG versus the ESG, and analyzing past joint operations where ESGs and CSGs played vital roles in the joint task force command and control, this paper will provide a recommendation to whether or not ESGs should be trained to operate as JFMCCs.
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