The Need for the United States Army to Possess a Landing Craft with Maneuver Capabilities
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE FORT LEAVENWORTH KS
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The Landing Craft Mechanized LCM was used in Army and Joint combat, stability, and support to civil authority operations for over 50 years. The LCM is the Armys smallest, most practical capability to conduct operational maneuver within the littorals to achieve tactical success, move operationally ready forces by water to austere access points, and rapidly enable sustainment operations via inland waterways. The LCM has exceeded its operational lifecycle and does not meet the Joint Task Force Commanders required capabilities for waterborne operations. Those requirements include to carry an M1A2 tank, to maneuver combat ready Stryker vehicles, and to rapidly maneuver and deploy combat forces. The Army concept framework together with the Army Transportation Corps Capability Based Assessment CBA of Army watercraft and historical landing craft uses provides a case study into the landing craft capability gap. The Army must decide whether to retain, divest, or pursue a new material landing craft solution that meets the needs of the Joint Task Force Commander.
- Marine Engineering