Sea Basing: A Way to Project Land Combat Power   [open pdf - 1MB]

"The US military projects land power through a combination of forward based forces, deployed forces from the continental United States (CONUS), and prepositioned equipment. Forward deployed and CONUS based forces require access to air and sea ports of debarkation to conduct reception, staging, onward movement, and integration (RSOI). Seabased prepositioned forces and equipment provide the joint commander flexibility to maintain a forward presence, to rapidly deploy forces, and to project land power from sovereign platforms independent of terrain. Current sea based capabilities include the Navy's Sea Base, Sea Strike, and Sea Shield concept; the USMC Maritime Preposition Force; and the Army Prepositioned Set 3. The projected requirements for the 2020 environment are dominant maneuver, precision engagement, full dimensional protection, and focused logistics. The projected shortfalls include a reliance on land based infrastructure, an inability to guarantee access, and insufficient lift to meet operational timelines. The two options for a future sea base are a Joint Regional Flotilla and a Joint Mobile Offshore Base (JMOB). The US military should pursue the JMOB concept to best use sea based, prepositioned equipment to project land power as part of an interdependent joint team to maximize responsiveness and flexibility for the joint force commander."

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