Accession Number : ADA328206

Title :   Expeditionary Ship-to-Shore Logistics: Can We Get There from Here?

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI

Personal Author(s) : Beary, William J., Jr

PDF Url : ADA328206

Report Date : 13 JUN 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 21

Abstract : U.S. power projection and sustainment of forces from the sea is hindered by decreased direct access to shore due to larger sealift ships, creating a major choke point in the logistics conduit. Ship-to-shore logistics across undeveloped shorelines remains a challenge that many have placed in the 'too hard' category, and have neglected to seriously consider in long range operational planning. The Marine Corps has resurrected the 'Sea-base Logistics' (SBL) concept as an alternative to Joint Logistics Over The Shore (JLOTS) for Support of Operational Maneuver From The Sea (OMFTS). Both JLOTS and SBL are needed to cover the spectrum of ship-to-shore logistics requirements. The two concepts are complementary; not exclusive. JLOTS will continue to be the most efficient and economical method for moving large volumes of cargo to shore from the nearshore area, while SBL offers the responsiveness, flexibility, and agility needed for OMFTS in small combat operations and for over-the-horizon sea basing. However, both concepts need further development to meet the needs of OMFTS. The U.S. cannot assume that first-class port facilities will be available to logistically support military operations ashore. Failure to maintain an effective ship-to-shore logistics capability for the future will hinder U.S. military reach in power projection 'from the sea.'

Descriptors :   *MARINE TRANSPORTATION, *LOGISTICS PLANNING, *SHIP TO SHORE, MILITARY OPERATIONS, MARINE CORPS, CARGO, SEA BASED.

Subject Categories : Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE