Army Watercraft and Terminal Operations Functional Alignment: Revisiting Logistics Modularity
Strategy research project
ARMY WAR COLL STRATEGIC STUDIES INST CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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Expeditionary watercraft and marine terminal operating capability resides within the Table of Organization and Equipment TOE force structure of the U.S. Armys Transportation Corps. This capability includes multiple types of units organized and equipped within both the Active Army and the Reserve Component, with organic command and control C2 up to the battalion level. As key early entry enablers supporting contingency theater port opening and Joint Reception, Staging, Onward Movement and Integration, these low density units are truly strategic in nature. Prior to the implementation of logistics modularity, the Army executed direct C2 of this force structure through functional transportation group headquarters. Post modularity, the functional group headquarters no longer exist, and alignment above battalion-level is to multifunctional sustainment brigades or higher. This project examines the impacts of the C2 shift post-modularity and, after further analysis, it proposes a functional realignment of watercraft and marine terminal operating units under the Surface Deployment and Distribution Command SDDC to improve operational effectiveness and support continued viability of the capability.
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
- Command, Control and Communications Systems