Accession Number : ADA328107

Title :   MEU(SOC)s in the 21st Century: Will They Be Capable of Conducting Humanitarian Operations.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI

Personal Author(s) : Rankin, John J.

PDF Url : ADA328107

Report Date : 19 MAY 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 27

Abstract : New concepts associated with Operational Maneuver from the Sea (OMFTS) are analyzed to determine whether they will enhance or degrade the capability of the Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) (MEU(SOC)) to conduct the most likely missions it will encounter in the early part of the 21st century: humanitarian operations. A brief overview of the organization and missions of the MEU(SOC) is followed by an examination of the lessons learned following MEU(SOC) involvement in specific humanitarian type missions including humanitarian intervention, disaster relief, and noncombatant evacuation. Concepts and structures currently being considered as a part of OMETS implementation are analyzed. These include sea-based logistics (SBL) and mini-MEU(SOC)s. SBL and the mini-MEU(SOC) would significantly alter the way future MEU(SOd)s are structured and how they are supported when deployed. Suggestions have been made that any significant change in MEU(SOC) structure should include a review of force protection methods including deployment cycles. Proposals by senior Navy and Marine officers to change these methods are reviewed. It is clear that doctrinal and organizational changes will be required to better prepare the MEU(SOC) for the challenges of the 21st century. There is a danger, however, that some of the changes being proposed under OMFTS will reduce the MEU(SOC)s effectiveness in conducting humanitarian operations.

Descriptors :   *MARINE CORPS OPERATIONS, *OPERATIONS OTHER THAN WAR, DEPLOYMENT, DECISION MAKING, LOGISTICS, MANEUVERS, SEA BASED, NONCOMBATANT.

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE