Develop a Maritime Security Company
By Major Chris Ieva, U.S. Marine Corps, and Lieutenant Derek Rader, U.S. Navy
Ironically, the Navy's strategic course for the future may result in a surface Fleet resembling the Navy of its past. By entering and controlling the littorals, warships will increasingly place themselves at tactical parity with evolving naval threats. However, unlike their predecessors, today's Sailors lack the traditional Marine detachment to support their operations. The new maritime strategy does call for Marine detachments on ships, but they need to remain flexible. As new doctrine, ship classes, and partnerships orient toward the littoral, attention needs to remain focused on how Marines can best support the Navy's new role, beyond existing contributions from expeditionary strike groups.
Successful joint warfare requires service interoperability as opposed to interchangeability. We need to explore previous Navy and Marine interoperability that has been successful, and use it as both doctrine and organizational guidance to enhance our support of the Navy's new strategy.