Joint Force

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The United States, throughout the course of its history, has attempted to steady the dynamic global climate in eras of strategic change. Examples of this abound: post-World War I, the post-Vietnam Cold War, and even the current post-long war environment. However, it is arguable that no era of strategic change was more critical to the development of contemporary international security than the interwar period between World War II’s end and the rapid communist advance across the 38th parallel that initiated the Korean War. Yet similarities exist with our current age, and one would be remiss to discount the invaluable experiences garnered during such a transformative period in global history. Comparatively, and based on current concepts and amphibious…show more content…
Abstractly, ideas such as Operational Maneuver from the Sea, Seabasing, the Air / Sea Battle, the Joint Operational Access Concept, and Expeditionary Force 21 not only sparked institutional dialog across the blue / green spectrum, but also methodized a vision for future amphibious operations to the Joint Force as a whole. Similarly, the expansion of equipment and technology empowered this innovative thought through the development of science fiction-like capability sets. These unique items include the F-35, MV-22 Osprey, the Landing Craft, Air Cushioned (LCAC), and upgrades to the Navy’s amphibious fleet such as the SAN ANTONIO Class LPD and the AMERICA Class LHA. As concepts drive the development and procurement of such imaginative equipment, the amalgamation produces the development and refinement of doctrine, both joint and service, as well as easily replicated and detailed tactics, techniques, and procedures. Simply, institutional knowledge now exists, built over decades of labor, error, and experience, which simply did not exist 60 years ago. The Amphibious Ready Group and Marine Expeditionary Unit (ARG/MEU) construct is codified in several doctrinal and tactical publications as well as service orders and directives, and is even included in the curriculum of career and intermediate level officer professional…show more content…
This propagation greatly enhances the Joint Force’s warfighting capability by enhancing the likelihood that a coalition partner will have trained with a United States’ amphibious force or at a minimum is familiar with joint amphibious doctrine. The Joint Force correspondingly has expanded its amphibious horizons beyond the simple and established ARG/MEU. Rehearsals for forcible entry operations currently exist within all three Marine Expeditionary Forces (MEF) at the Marine Expeditionary Brigade (MEB) level. These exercises, such as DAWN BLITZ, BOLD ALLIGATOR, and SSANG YONG, effectively always executed in multi-lateral fashion, increase the amphibious capability sets of the blue / green team while also redoubling a spirit of interoperability between the United States and its partner nation’s forces. The magnitude of such exercises is, of course, conspicuous since history has displayed that the United States will likely not execute a forcible entry
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