The littorals continue to be the subject of much thought-provoking discussion regarding worldwide social trends, global economics, and military operations in general. This subject naturally extends to irregular warfare, of which special operations are a key component. Both internal and external to U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), the term “littoral special operations” has been used in recent years without a clear articulation of the environment and its implications to special operations, resulting in confusion and misinterpretation. With that in mind, we need a clear understanding of littoral special operations while conveying how Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC) sees itself contributing well-trained personnel for action in this arena.
Where Sea Meets Land
Future activity in the littorals will place high demands on MARSOC forces, requiring enhanced capabilities and training to conduct special operations in this complex environment.
By Major Robert S. Bunn, U.S. Marine Corps