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tailored support packages from the sea base or from small detachments ashore to widely dispersed, highly mobile combat forces operating up to 200 miles inland.
Today's Framework in Perspective
The OMFTS vision has stimulated innovative thinking, shaped ideas, focused debate, and led to the publication of a series of implementing concepts.2 Collectively, this evolving conceptual framework of visions and new ideas represents the important first step in a strategic planning process that will define future U.S. naval forces.
Shaping the logistics capabilities of the Navy and Marine Corps to meet the needs of the evolving OMFTS conceptual framework will be an enormously complex undertaking. It will entail examining how well and at what costs various combinations of force structure, equipment, and operating concepts—both combat and logistics—might meet future naval expeditionary needs. In such a process, warfighting and logistics capability are inseparable. For while warfighting needs set logistics requirements, the logistics capabilities available will in the end limit warfighting potential and the courses of action available to field commanders.
Today, the Navy and Marine Corps, in such documents as "Operational Maneuver From the Sea" and its supporting papers, are formulating the concepts that will lead to future naval force capabilities.3,4Figure ES.1 depicts the process. The path from the present to the future is an iterative process of postulating desired operational capability, determining the logistics capability needed to support those operations, and adjusting both in a search for a balance among warfighting needs, logistics requirements, implementation costs, and risks. At each cycle of the process, senior Navy and Marine Corps leaders, selecting among packages of realistic, coherent options, will make the key decisions that step progressively closer to the reality of future forces and set in motion the next iteration of the process.
Logistics Implications of OMFTS—Key Features to be Resolved
Some of the broad logistics implications of OMFTS are clear from the current set of implementing concepts (see Box ES.1). For example, by maneuvering from assault ships over the horizon at sea directly to objectives well inland,
See Box ES.1, Marine Corps Implementing Concepts for OMFTS.
Department of the Navy. 1992. ". . . From the Sea," U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C., September.
Department of the Navy. 1994. "Forward. . . From the Sea, Continuing the Preparation of the Naval Services for the 21st Century," U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C., September 19.