Accession Number : ADA299668

Title :   Special Operations Forces Contributions to Battlespace Dominance in Support of the Naval Expeditionary Force.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis 2 Aug 94-2 Jun 95,

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

Personal Author(s) : Oshirak, Alan

PDF Url : ADA299668

Report Date : 02 JUN 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 124

Abstract : This study investigates Special Operations Forces' (SOF) contributions to battlespace dominance in support of the Naval Expeditionary Force (NEF) through "Operational Maneuver From the Sea" (OMFTS). The analysis is based on the 1992 naval strategy contained in ". . . From the Sea," and that strategy's fundamental shift away from "blue water" (open ocean) to "brown water" (coastal littoral) operations as the focus of future naval warfighting.The NEF is the centerpiece for the new construct. It is comprised of aircraft carrier battle groups with escorts, submarines, and amphibious ships with embarked Marines. In order to project power ashore, the NEF must have battlespace dominance, or temporary control of air, land, surface, subsurface, and the electromagnetic spectrum in order to deny the enemy freedom of action. This study outlines types of SOF that may support a NEF, contributions that SOF can provide to support maneuver as envisioned by OMFTS, and types of SOF missions that strengthen a NEF toward achieving battlespace dominance.

Descriptors :   *NAVAL OPERATIONS, CONTROL, AIR, WATER, AIRCRAFT CARRIERS, MANEUVERS, OCEANS, MARINE CORPS PERSONNEL, BLUE(COLOR), SUBMARINES, SPECIAL FORCES, BATTLE GROUP LEVEL ORGANIZATIONS, ELECTROMAGNETIC SPECTRA, OPEN WATER, AMPHIBIOUS SHIPS.

Subject Categories : Naval Surface Warfare

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE