An Operational-Level Maneuver Concept for Littoral Penetration
MARINE CORPS UNIV QUANTICO VA SCHOOL OF ADVANCED WARFIGHTING
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Current Marine Corps Operational Maneuver from the Sea OMFTS guidepost-concept papers envision year 2015 NavyMarine forces conducting Major Theater War MTW forcible entry operations using a Ship-to-Objective Maneuver STOM designed to move a large force as seamlessly as possible from...over the horizon OTH amphibious platforms to an objective as far as 120 miles inland. STOM focuses on attacking an enemys center of gravity instead of terrain objectives, using the protective barrier of the sea to maximize mobility and achieve operational surprise, and exploiting pre-assault operations to find or create exploitable gaps that allow naval forces to apply their strength against enemy weaknesses. Once the gap has been identified, combat power is projected inland using combined arms penetration and exploitation operations empowered by advanced command and control systems and significant improvements in tactical mobility to maneuver forces from their OTH sea-base to the objective. To turn these concepts into usable force structure, equipment, and doctrine, the Commandant of the Marine Corps has challenged the Navy-Marine Corps team to examine our organizations, our training, our equipment and....field a more versatile, capable, and responsive naval power projection capability. This study contends that to meet the Commandants challenge during the forcible-entry phase of a year 2015 littoral penetration operation, the Joint Force Littoral Penetration Component Commander should centrally control the operational-level maneuver of multiple Littoral Penetration Task Forces, which are each organized upon a structurally robust Amphibious Ready GroupMarine Expeditionary Unit Special Operations Capable and employed as an operational maneuver group using the tenets of Napoleonic distributed maneuver to set favorable conditions for the Littoral Exploitation Forces penetration against an operational objective.
- Administration and Management
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics