Can the Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) Enable A Marine Expeditionary Brigade?
MARINE CORPS UNIV QUANTICO VA SCHOOL OF ADVANCED WARFIGHTING
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The capabilities of the MEUSOC may limit its ability to enable an Amphibious Task Force ATF MEB, but it is fully capable of enabling both a Maritime Prepositioning Force MPF MEB and an Air Contingency Force ACF MEB. The MEUSOC program has been under attack for many years by those who believe it has become too SOC-centric. When the Commandant announced that the Marine Corps would reestablish the MEB, the critics renewed their attacks on the MEUSOC program, stating that it was not capable of conducting enabling missions in support of the MEB. An examination of the three types of MEBs Air Task Force, Maritime Prepositioning Force, and Amphibious Task Force was conducted and requirements unique to each MEB were identified. These requirements where compared with the capabilities of the MEUSOC and deficiencies were noted. Concurrently, deficiencies were noted in the ability of the Marine Corps and Navy to support amphibious operations. The author concludes that the MEUSOC is adequately trained and capable of enabling an ACF or MPF MEB, provided that support is allocated to ensure naval and air superiority. The MEUSOC has difficulty supporting an ATF MEB enabling mission. The major deficiency associated with supporting the ATF enabling mission is the MEUSOCs limited ability to conduct forcible entry on a defended beach. Without the ability to provide a lodgment for the MEB, the MEUs capability is limited to conducting preassault shaping and reconnaissance operations. Capability deficiencies extended beyond the MEUSOC and included significant deficiencies in the capabilities of the Marine Corps and Navy to support amphibious operations.
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