US Navy, Marine Corps Unveil New Strategy to Turn Tables on A2/AD

U.S. Marines beach assault from rigid hull inflatable boats (RHIB).

U.S. Marines beach assault from rigid hull inflatable boats (RHIB).

November 20, 2017 | Source: The Diplomat, thediplomat.com, 2 October 2017, Steven Stashwick

The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps have released a new strategy to integrate their capabilities to address the challenges posed by archipelagic and coastal geography, and the proliferation of advanced sensors and mobile, long-range missile systems that can threaten naval forces from ashore. Called Littoral Operations in Contested Environments (LOCE), the concept puts forward a framework to fight for, and gain sea control in littoral geographies by employing both sea-based and land-based Marines Corps capabilities to support the sea control fight.

LOCE has been under development and testing since 2015 and the full concept remains classified. The release of this unclassified version, signed by both the Chief of Naval Operations and the Commandant of the Marine Corps, signals the development of new doctrine, exercising the concept in wargames, and the acquisition or modification of weapons systems to enable it.