Technology is changing the character of conflict in ways that will profoundly affect the conduct of future amphibious operations. The proliferation of precision-strike weapons and increasingly capable intelligence/surveillance/reconnaissance (ISR) systems will fundamentally alter ground-combat fire and maneuver and, by extension, amphibious operations. In particular, an increasing ratio of precision indirect-fire weapons to direct-fire weapons supported by persistent ISR will make ground combat, in important respects, increasingly like war at sea.
The Next Wave: Assault Operations for a New Era
What will future amphibious operations look like? Increasingly multi-dimensional—and enhanced by unmanned components.
By Lieutenant Colonel J. Noel Williams, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)