In Move 5 of Expeditionary Warrior 2010, our Red Team analysts told us how they would degrade, disable or attack the seabase.

1. It is harder to attack a seabase than it is a land base for your typical bad guy ground force.

2. The difficulty of attacking the seabase will cause opposing forces to attack the connector boats ferrying supplies and forces ashore and back.

3. OpFor will use bad weather and sea state to their advantage.

4. During HA or NEO, the OpFor will attempt to overwhelm aid distribution points, medical stations, evacuation points, etc., in order to show our inadequacy.

5. The trends of technology will make unmanned aircraft, vehicles and boats as well as anti-ship missiles smaller and cheaper.

6. Rumor or whisper campaigns counter to our efforts are more difficult to detect and counteract from a seabase.

7. U.S. forces will be continually filmed while ashore, for opportunities to show us as cruel, uncaring, inadequate, etc.

Based on these observations from the Red team, it would seem like we need to develop:

1. Seabase and connector force protection practices and craft.

2. Increase our ability to operate in rougher weather.

3. Develop international standards for connector craft.




Posted by LtCol Roger Galbraith, USMCR in Marine Corps
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  • USNVO

    Not sure that 6 is a valid point. How much was medical personel, supply guys in the compound, and command&staff guys contributing anyway in this regard. Since these people aren’t there, a higher number of your forces are directly aiding people and enhancing the QOL of the average citizen. No one can say you are invading when everyone is off-shore except when helping.

    On the devlopments, I would say that
    1. No Brainer, and it might make sense to have a load of security craft on the platform to speed the arrival of security forces. Also something like the NLOS system for the LCS to install on the MPS ships is probably not a bad idea. Should be pretty easy to do in one 20ft Container.
    3. Not sure this is all that critical. Breakbulk doesn”t care, Containers are already standardized, RO RO ramps are usually pretty flexible, and any LCAC type craft or LCU/LCM should work fine with the proposed connector platform. Additionally, once the US adopts it, it will become the defacto standard and other nations with similiar requirements will buy equipment that fits. More important are things like handling gear and again, the 20ft and 40ft containers have largely solved that problem.

  • USNVO

    Another question about security for the seabase is how to screen international aid shipments that want to use the seabase. How do you know the cargo is both legitimate and safe? A few thousand pounds of explosives attached to a sattelite phone under 20 tons of rice in a container amongst a few dozen other aid containers on a barge could ruin your day when it goes off on your platform.

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