Accession Number : ADA188224

Title :   Use of a Marine Amphibious Force as a Field Army or Army Group Operational Reserve,

Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MIL ITARY STUDIES

Personal Author(s) : Caldwell, John F

PDF Url : ADA188224

Report Date : 14 May 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 52

Abstract : The intent of this monograph is to analyze whether a Marine Amphibious Force (MAF) is suitable to function as an operational reserve for an echelon above corps (EAC) headquarters. In conducting this analysis the structure of a MAF is dissected to provide its composition and capabilities. A historical example is then studied to describe any synergistic effects the Marine air/ground team has on the enemy. Finally, the advantages and disadvantages of a MAF as an operational reserve are examined during both offensive and defensive operations. The author concludes that should a MAF be available for commitment to sustained ground combat its use as an operational reserve for an EAC commander is an excellent use of its fighting capabilities. Its employment could well mean the difference between defeat or victory during the early stages of a war. With much of a potential MAF already loaded and at sea the possibility of a MAF fighting ashore for sustained periods grows as the defense budget shrinks. Keywords: Marine division, Marine air wing, Marine amphibious force, Chosin reservoir, Marine air support.

Descriptors :   *FIELD ARMY, *MILITARY RESERVES, *AMPHIBIOUS OPERATIONS, ARMY, ATTACK, DEFENSE SYSTEMS, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, DIVISION LEVEL ORGANIZATIONS, LAND WARFARE, MARINE ATMOSPHERES, MILITARY BUDGETS, MILITARY OPERATIONS, SYNERGISM, TACTICAL AIR SUPPORT, WING LEVEL ORGANIZATIONS, MILITARY OPERATIONS, KOREA, HISTORY, MILITARY COMMANDERS

Subject Categories : Military Forces and Organizations
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE