Operational Maneuver From the Sea requires the integration of "all organic, joint, and combined assets." To attain this condition requires that the Navy Marine Corps team plan now if it is to remain the nation's preeminent expeditionary warfighter.
As technology continues to influence the future of the U.S. military, the Marine Corps must answer two questions: Where are we going, and how do we get there? The first question was answered by the Marine Corps concept papers "Operational Maneuver From the Sea" (OMFTS) and "A Concept for Ship to Objective Maneuver" (STOM). With these concepts set as our vision for the future, the next step is to develop the doctrine to get us there. This will "involve a great deal of debate and experimentation" similar to the development of amphibious warfare in the 1920s. Colonel John Greenwood, editor of the Marine Corps Gazette, summed up the importance of the development of OMFTS: "Unless it becomes the central theme of the Corps' efforts today, it will not be a central capability available for tomorrow's crises."