"Within Striking Distance & Ready to Act"
(See C. Krulak, pp. 50-52, May 1999 Proceedings)
Major Michael T. Pierson, U.S. Marine Corps—Commandant Krulak correctly extols the virtues of the Navy and Marine Corps Team capabilities. The focus on littoral regions in the changing global environment is essential to national security. The "Operational Maneuver From the Sea" concept—resulting from internal USMC mission analysis—provides a vision for the future of our Corps.
The term "Ship to Objective Movement" or STOM seems to be missing a central element of the OMFTS concept.
This acronym is benign and does not infer any specific objective or meaning. By adding a single word to the term, the resulting acronym will reflect the operational ethic of reacting in crisis, on short notice, with agility and purpose.
I simply suggest that STOM be revised to the term "Ship to Objective Rapid Movement" or STORM. STORM may then become known as the manner in which U.S. Marines and our Navy partners wage war, support peace, provide humanitarian assistance or present a threat to our foes.