The success of operational maneuver from the sea (OMFTS) will depend to a large degree on over-the-horizon ship-to-objective delivery means, particularly the MV-22 tilt-rotor Osprey, and on the Marine Corps' ability to sell it to those who will carry it out.
Beyond the schoolhouses of Quantico, the boardrooms of the Pentagon, and the Commandant's Warfighting Laboratory, operational maneuver from the sea is being looked on by some with a dreary eye. As is the case with any change of this magnitude, there is concern that the institution stands to lose some vital characteristic or capability. But what do we really stand to lose except risky amphibious operations conducted with antiquated doctrine and tactics and obsolete equipment? With a great number within the Marine Corps taking the outlook of "We're not what we used to be . . . and never were," the initial requirement for operational maneuver from the sea to succeed is clear: Sell it to the Marines.