"This report concludes that sea basing will be a critical future joint military capability for the United States. It will help to assure access to areas where U.S. military forces may be denied access to support facilities. To develop such a complex, enduring and far reaching capability as sea basing, the Task Force believes it is essential to undertake a spiral development effort - one that accounts for evolution from current capabilities to tomorrow's needs. In addition, the development process must incorporate experimentation to identify and correct development concerns and to train sea basing leaders for the future."
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