BOX 1.1 Marine Corps Implementing Concepts for OMFTS

"Maritime Prepositioning Force 2010 and Beyond," February 1997*

"A Concept for Future Military Operations on Urbanized Terrain," October 1997*

"A Concept for Ship-to-Objective Maneuver," November 1997*

"Casualty Care Concept for Marine Corps Operational Maneuver From the Sea (Working Draft)," January 1998**

"MAGTF Sustained Operations Ashore," October 1998*

"A Concept for Advanced Expeditionary Fire Support—The System After Next," April 1998*

"Sea Based Logistics: A 21st Century Warfighting Concept," May 1998*


SOURCES: Published by Marine Corps Gazette, Marine Corps Association, Quantico, Va.;


published by Marine Corps Combat Development Command, Quantico, Va., and Naval Doctrine Command, Norfolk, Va.

Building on the foundation set by the concepts in these two white papers, the Marine Corps began developing its vision of a new capability that would enable amphibious operations to exploit the sea as maneuver space and focus directly on operational objectives, rather than first seizing and securing a base of support ashore, and then pushing out to objectives. This vision, Operational Maneuver From the Sea (OMFTS),3 is the cornerstone of the Marine Corps efforts to shape its fighting doctrine, forces, and weapon systems of the future. More recently, the Marine Corps has published several implementing concepts supporting OMFTS (see Box 1.1). Collectively, the OMFTS vision and set of supporting concepts serve to stimulate thinking, focus debate, and shape ideas. They represent the first steps in an evolutionary, iterative process of defining the future doctrine, tactics, and capabilities of the Marine Corps.

Shaping the logistics capabilities of the Navy and Marine Corps to meet the needs of the evolving OMFTS conceptual framework is an enormously complex undertaking. It entails examining, in an integrated strategic planning process, how well and at what costs various combinations of force structure, equipment, and operating practices—both combat and logistics—might meet future needs for naval expeditionary forces. In such a process, combat and logistics capability are inseparable, for while the needs of combat set logistics requirements, the limits of logistics constrain combat. As always, the importance of desired combat capabilities must be weighed against their logistics implications and costs.

At this stage in the evolution of OMFTS concepts, OMFTS still leaves


Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps. 1996. "Operational Maneuver from the Sea," U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C., January 4.

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