Accession Number : ADA297959

Title :   Marine Expeditionary Units (Special Operations Capable) - at the Operational Level in Military Operations Other Than War.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI

Personal Author(s) : Fenton, George P.

PDF Url : ADA297959

Report Date : 16 MAY 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 26

Abstract : The Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) is best known as enabling force designed in size and strength to seize airfields and ports for follow-on forces that will transplace from far off distances. The most noted capability of the MEU is the Non-Combatant Evacuation Operation (NEO). To any of these ends, the MEU, a sea-based force, stands poised ready to respond to NCA tasking. Yet, in times of regional crises when military operations other than war (MOOTW) seems to be the action du jour, is the MEU not capable of more? This paper presents, through analysis of the Somalia case study, how a MEU can be employed at the operational level of war, specifically in MOOTW. Selected aspects of military art are analyzed. More specifically, the NEU is discussed in terms of operational objective, operational task, operational maneuver, operational reach, and operational isolation. The MEU, traditionally recognized as a tactical unit, is able to transcend the tactical, operational, and even the strategic levels of war. In the final analysis, the MEU, a force of tactical means, is capable of operational consequence. (AN)

Descriptors :   *SPECIAL FORCES, *MARINE CORPS OPERATIONS, LESSONS LEARNED, CRISIS MANAGEMENT, STRATEGIC ANALYSIS, OPERATIONAL READINESS, AMPHIBIOUS OPERATIONS, CASE STUDIES, MILITARY CAPABILITIES, MARINE CORPS PLANNING, JOINT MILITARY ACTIVITIES, LANDING FIELDS, MANEUVERS, SOMALIA, MARINE CORPS PERSONNEL, MILITARY TACTICS, SEA BASED, LOW INTENSITY CONFLICT, RAPID DEPLOYMENT.

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE