Accession Number : ADA312166

Title :   U.S. Marine Corps Tactical Mobility Requirements for Ship to Objective Maneuver.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis, 2 Aug 95-7 Jun 96,

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

Personal Author(s) : King, Douglas M.

PDF Url : ADA312166

Report Date : 07 JUN 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 120

Abstract : During W.WII a wide array of amphibious ships and landing craft provided a capability for U.S. power projection. More recently, a Soviet threat focus, the helicopter role in amphibious operations, and fiscal constraints are contributing reasons to slowed development of this capability. The need for amphibious operations has not changed. Protection of worldwide interests requires a capability to project power across a hostile shore. This thesis is an assessment that asks, 'Do Marine Corps' surface tactical mobility requirements for ship to objective maneuver support the Naval operational concept of Operational Maneuver from the Sea (OMFTS)?'. The concept of OMFTS discusses a renewed emphasis on amphibious capabilities, littoral warfare, and power projection. Both history and OMFTS emphasize the need for combined arms amphibious forces that make a seamless transition from seaward to landward maneuver. OMFTS professes that the mobility triad of AAAV, MV-22, and LCAC will meet ship to objective maneuver capabilities. This is a great start, but current and programmed capability does not adequately fulfill power projection needs. Surface ship to objective maneuver requires additional improvement.

Descriptors :   *MARINE CORPS PLANNING, *TACTICAL WARFARE, *AMPHIBIOUS SHIPS, MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES), MOBILITY, LAND WARFARE, OCEAN SURFACE, AMPHIBIOUS OPERATIONS, COMPUTER PROGRAMMING, ARRAYS, THESES, HELICOPTERS, MANEUVERS, POWER, LANDING CRAFT.

Subject Categories : Marine Engineering
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE