Refining Seabasing to Support Security-Shaping Missions
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT
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Recently, the US Navy proposed a scaled-down version of the sea base -- the Global Fleet Station GFS. The GFS size eliminates many of the technical and fiscal challenges that limit the viability of the Seabasing Joint Integrating Concept. Its smaller size also makes it far more relevant to the new set of security-shaping missions now gaining prominence in national security and foreign policy strategies. By their nature, these security-shaping missions target populations in remote or less-developed regions of the world, which makes access, support, and sustainment of these missions a challenge. While the GFS concept can solve or simplify some of these challenges, the US Navy lacks the assets necessary to support a robust security-shaping strategy that also benefits the world community. In view of this limitation, the US Navy published a vision for future international maritime operations called the Global Maritime Partnership Initiative GMPI. Through the use of these two concepts, GMPI and GFS, the Geographic Combatant Commander GCC can simplify many of the access, support and sustainment problems normally present when deploying limited forces on international security-shaping missions.
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