Accession Number : ADA293425

Title :   Forcible Entry - The Purple Lie?!

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI DEPT OF OPERATIONS

Personal Author(s) : Houck, R. G.

PDF Url : ADA293425

Report Date : 13 FEB 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 22

Abstract : Altered by the perceptions and "lessons" of the Gulf War, the American way of war largely disregards the concept and importance of forcible entry. However, to a nation with global responsibilities and interests, forcible entry is the CINC's principle tool to gain access, introduce forces and perpetuate influence. From the perspectives of suitability, acceptability and feasibility, only the amphibious forces of the Navy-Marine Corps possess the inherent flexibility, muscle, responsiveness and self-sustainability to successfully execute a forcible entry in a high risk, unpredictable environment. Capitalizing on speed, flexibility and the momentum generated by power protection, the Marine Corps' latest warfighting philosophy, Operational Maneuver From the Sea, adapts the tenets of maneuver warfare to maritime operations. The future feasibility of amphibious forcible entry and OMFTS is predicated upon the ability to overcome tactical deficiencies and re-orient present thinking to embrace operational art. Innovation, insight, investment and vision prevent a very fragile forcible entry capability from becoming the purple lie!

Descriptors :   *AMPHIBIOUS OPERATIONS, *ACCESS, *NAVAL OPERATIONS, *MARINE CORPS OPERATIONS, MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES), WARFARE, MARINE CORPS, LESSONS LEARNED, HIGH RATE, RISK, PERSIAN GULF, DEFICIENCIES, PROTECTION, MANEUVERS, POWER, VISION, PERCEPTION, ACCEPTABILITY, MOMENTUM.

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE