Accession Number : ADA284646

Title :   An Assessment of Future United States Naval Force Structure in the Pacific Theater.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis 2 Aug 93-3 Jun 94,

Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS

Personal Author(s) : Hastings, Scott A.

Report Date : 03 JUN 1994

Pagination or Media Count : 178

Abstract : The naval force structure proposed by the 1993 Department of Defense 'Bottom Up Review' was analyzed in terms of three force planning cases built around illustrative scenarios using representative depictions of future threats. Each case included: regional analysis in terms of mission, forces, area, and command and control; development of military requirements; and comparison of requirements and capabilities, identification of shortfalls, and characterization of risk. A notional U.S. carrier battle group and air wing for the year 2000 were examined in scenarios involving a conventional global war with a reconstituted Russia, a major regional contingency on the Korean peninsula, and a lesser regional contingency involving a freedom of navigation dispute with Indonesia. The scenarios represent different levels from the spectrum of conflict. The future naval force was found insufficient to ensure victory in global conventional war, the scenario which involved the greatest risk to U.S. interests. The future force, optimized for blue-water operations, was also shown seriously deficient in countering mines and diesel submarines, another threat which entailed the potential for damage to U.S. interests.

Descriptors :   *NAVAL PLANNING, *THEATER LEVEL OPERATIONS, BATTLES, BLUE(COLOR), COMPARISON, CONFLICT, CONTROL, DAMAGE, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, GLOBAL, IDENTIFICATION, INDONESIA, MILITARY REQUIREMENTS, MISSIONS, NAVIGATION, OPERATION, PENINSULAS, PLANNING, REQUIREMENTS, RISK, SCENARIOS, STRUCTURES, SUBMARINES, THREATS, USSR, WATER, WINGS, NAVAL VESSELS(COMBATANT).

Subject Categories : Naval Surface Warfare

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE