Marines have traditionally "hit the beach" in landing craft. In the future however, the Corps must develop an air assault capability that can land and maintain a major combat force far inland.
"The helicopter will become the principal means of achieving tactical surprise and flexibility. As the helicopter capability increases the need for surface landing craft and land vehicles will decrease." ~(Hogaboom Board, 1957)
This vision of an all-air amphibious assault capability, articulated by a board chaired by General Robert E. Hogaboom, former Marine Corps chief of staff, is today an achievable goal-and one we must address if we are to maintain a credible forcible entry from the sea capability. Potential adversaries have not been idle, and the twin threats to surface vehicles of mines and precision munitions make this transformation imperative.