qA centerpiece of the Department of Defense's (DoD's) transformation efforts in recent years has been the move toward making ground forces less reliant on access to foreign-controlled facilities such as harbors, airports, or logistics bases on the ground in their area of operations.q qThe United States Marine Corps and Army have long maintained expeditionary forces organized and equipped to be rapidly moved and inserted into combat with little reliance on access to local bases or infrastructure. Recognizing the vulnerability of forces that are dependent on local access (as U.S. forces have been in Afghanistan and Iraq), the Department of Defense (DoD) is improving its expeditionary capabilities across all of the military services. Prominent among those efforts is the Navy's plan to field a 14-ship squadro--the Maritime Prepositioning Force (Future), or MPF(F--that would be capable of deploying, employing, and sustaining a Marine expeditionary brigade with little or no need for access to local bases or other infrastructure. This study ... looks at the capabilities and costs associated with MPF(F) and sea basing in general as well as other approaches that DoD might take to improve its expeditionary capabilities.q--PrefaceAlternatively, the T-AKES could be reloaded from standard cargo ships sent directly to the sea base. ... Tactical Responsiveness for Resupply In addition to the ability to deliver cargo to ground forces daily, the ability to quickly ... Although the air-drop and airship alternatives (S3, S4, and E4) could provide adequate flow of cargo, the long flight times from ... to special cargo requestsait would take about a day for an airship to reach a ground unit 2, 000 nm awayabecause they would flyanbsp;...
|Title||:||Sea basing and alternatives for deploying and sustaining ground combat forces|
|Author||:||United States. Congressional Budget Office|