Accession Number : ADA325154

Title :   Military Ocean Terminals, Who Needs Them?

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI

Personal Author(s) : VanHoosen, Paul

PDF Url : ADA325154

Report Date : 07 FEB 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 41

Abstract : As the single manager of the Defense Transportation System, TRANSCOM's mission is to provide DoD with transportation services as the honest broker between supporting and supported CINCs. TRANSCOM must ensure it can deliver the service its customers expect in the amount planned and in the time frame allotted. The CINCs' warfighting capabilities depend on TRANSCOM minimizing the CINCs' 'window of vulnerability' while force capability arrives at its place of employment. It is in TRANSCOM's interest that they do not inhibit mission accomplishment. TRANSCOM has prescribed that DoD organic self sufficiency is essential to initial surge deployments. TRANSCOM has not fully extended this policy to their water ports and is heavily dependent on commercial ports for mission success. With the closing of Military Ocean Terminals Bayonne and Oakland, that dependency is increased. Should the commercial sector fail, or be unable, to support TRANSCOM for whatever reasons, mission failure is probable and the trust in jeopardy. Alternatives are available. Retain sufficient DoD organic port capability to ensure a Major Regional Conflict deployment is accommodated with Defense Transportation System assets. Utilizing ammunition ports, expanding capabilities at active Military Ocean Terminals, and establishing a Military Ocean Terminal within existing DoD infrastructure offer opportunities to improve Defense Transportation System self-sufficiency. Military Ocean Terminals are the guarantee TRANSCOM needs for guaranteed mission accomplishment. Fully capable and always available, Military Ocean Terminals are not obsolete. They are indispensable.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY STRATEGY, *OCEANS, *MILITARY TRANSPORTATION, *PORTS(FACILITIES), MOBILITY, DEPLOYMENT, COMBAT READINESS, MISSIONS, THROUGHPUT.

Subject Categories : Surface Transportation and Equipment
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE