Concept for Sustained Operations Ashore
MARINE CORPS WAR COLL QUANTICO VA
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Marine Corps policy makers are testing operational concepts which will increase assault force maneuverability by seabasing logistical support which traditionally had gone ashore. However, seabasing logistics presents a major challenge to the logistician when a Naval Expeditionary Force NEF is involved in extended operations ashore. Seabasing logistics during extended operations is often not possible due to transportation shortfalls, weather, logistical equipment vulnerabilities, and issues encountered with the distances inland the assault force may be operating from in future operations. Thus the major focus of this paper is on how best to logistically support assault force missions while utilizing the future operational concepts of OMFTS, STOM, and MPF 2010 and Beyond. In this paper arguments are made that during certain operations both seabasing logistics as well as sending a mobile ground logistical task force ashore become the only means of guaranteeing seamless resupply to the assault force. While it is understood that sending a mobile logistics task force ashore is contrary to the goals of OMFTS and STOM, the benefits outweigh the disadvantages and are discussed thoroughly in this paper. All other operational goals are preserved. This paper takes into consideration the assets available to the Marine Corps in the year 2010 and lays out the pros and cons of implementing five proposed recommendations. The solutions discussed suggest changes in infrastructure, manpower, and equipment but protect the Marine Corps as an expeditionary force. Costs associated with this proposed concept were not considered in the final recommendations.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics