The Institute for Defense and Government Advancement is going to organize Amphibious Operations Summit this month between 25-27 July at Washington Marriott at Washington DC to enable Superior Expeditionary Capabilities for the Future Joint Foces of United States and its Allies, through a focused dialogue on Advancement of capabilities aswell as potential changes in doctrine and concepts. The Summit would bring together Senior level Officers from Department of Denfense and U.S-allied defense forces, the Defense Industry and academic community to increase the effectiveness of Amphibious Operations.
The main topics to be discussed in the Summit are: Requirements for the next USMC amphibious Vehicles, Navy and USMC requirements and Doctrine for a more robust amphibious capability, Air-Sea battle requirements for future, Navy’s ship-to-shore connector, Feedback on water operations in Iraq, Mine Warefare and Maneuverability in Contested environments.
On 25th July the Mine Warfare Symposium would be held on different subjects. The aspects on ‘Assuring Access in Congested Enviornment’ would be held as Mines are an effective and cost efficient method of deterring maneuverability. Their type and complexity vary dramatically, creating a need for new technology and tactics. This session would present the mine threat from an operational perspective including an account of how mines have traditionally impacted naval mobility and the solutions being developed for the present and future threat. To sum up the discussions would be held on Historical perspective on the mine threate and its hindrance to amphibious operations from the Dorean War through present day operations, the current mine threat and countermeaures and Development and capabilities to combat the future mine threats.
Another important subject is on “Buried Mine Identification”. This presentation will focus on cutting edge technology to detect buried mines. The presentation will focus on several key types of detection technology including advanced acoustic, magnetic and electro-optic sensors and their use in conjunction with AUV’s. The other key elements in the presentation are assessments on minehunting acoustic and non-acoustic sensors for cable detection, classification and localization and other related topics.
‘Offensive Mine Warfare and the U.S.Navy’ is another important topic of the Symposium. It will focus on the benefits of offensive mine warfare. Whether it is countering the Iranian threat to Persian Gulf shipping or addressing the growing power of the PLAN, offensive mine warfare could provide part of the solution. In the event of hostilities with Iran, a few mines in Iranian ports could effectively neutralize the Iranian Navy and the Republican Guard. Together with Japan, the U.S. Navy could bottle up the PLAN fleet simply by mining the passages through the Ryukyu island chain.
“Acquisition and Capability Development in Support of Mine Warfare and Littoral Defense” is another session of the of Symposium and will cocus on the equipment, systems, and weapons necessary to dominate the littoral battle space and provide the Warfighter assured access.
On 26th the Summit would discuss on “Amphibious Warfare Strategic Directions”. Captain Walter Towns of United States Navy who is the Director of Amphibious Warfare would deliver lecture on OPNAV oversight of the development and acquisition of ships and craft required to Transport naval expeditionary forces to overseas conflict and crisis areas, Resource direction for amphibious operations and force protection from conventional and asymmetric threats.
Thereafter Capt Paul McElroy USN Maritime Expeditionary Security Group would discuss on “Maritime Expeditionary Security Force Mission and Goals” and the topics would include- requirements for protecting and defending the green water operating area, providing a flexible, task organized and global expeditionary force protection capability to the Combatant Commanders, and providing warfighters with three enduring competencies viz., landward security, seaward security and command and control.
In the afternoon session Capt. George Honeycutt, USN of Marine Corps Combat Development Command and Col Stuart Diuckey, USMC of United States Fleet Forces Command would give presentations on “Future Expeditionary Warfare:Marine Corps and Navy Perspectives. They will address capability requirements, TTPs, concepts, and development from the perspective of United States Fleet Forces Command and Marine Corps Combat Development Command. Both officers leading this panel have led EWCT teams at the Navy and USMC. This session would provide a unique perspective on joint capability development and the future collaboration efforts of both services in support of expeditionary operations.
“BGeneral John Bullard, USMC Dy.Commanding General of Marine Corps would lecture on “Capabilities for Maintaining U.S.Military Superiority in the Amphibious Domanin”. The topics include USMC CONOPS for the future operational vision, identifying desired future capabilities for the USMarine Corps and how the Marine Corps fights and contributes to the Joint Forces.
Next, Brian Detter the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy would present on “Navy Initiatives to improve the U.S.Amphibious Operational Capablity” with emphasis on Congruent capability development between the U.S.Navy and USMC and update on joint capability technology demonstrations and the Navy’s future expeditionary warfare strategy.
On 27th July Key note address will be on “Expeditionary Warfare and the Cooperative Maritime Strategy by Major General Timothy Hanifen, USMC, and Director of Expeditionary Warfare Division. The topics include – Integration of expeditionary forces across the range of military operations, employment and sustainment from the sea, evolving and improving MCM capabilities. Next, Cheris unker the Head of Mobility Sector of Fires and Maneuver Integration Division would present on “Capability Requirements for the EFV Replacement: Requirements and Necessary Capabilities for the Next Amphibious Assault Vehicle. The topics include impact of the cancellation of the EFV program, vital capabilities for the next amphibious assault vehicle and requirements for industry to support.
General James Amos, USMC, Commondant of the United States Marine Corps would address on “Maintaining U.S. Marine Corps Superiority in Conducting Amphibious Operations” with key note topics on – capability development and acquisition priorities including the replacement of the EFV, Policy, doctrine, and TTP s for effective amphibious operations and Joint forces collaboration for a more effective expeditionary force. Thereafter Australian Perspective would be projected by Stephen Woodall, CSC,RAN of Australian Amphibious Task Group of Royal Australian Navy on ‘Australian Amphibious Operations’ with key note address on Amphibious capabilities of Royal Australian Navy and its expanding operations.
Thereafter Robert Work, the Under Secretary of Navy would give a key note address on “The Navy’s Strategic Outlook and Plans for Creating a more effective Amphibious Capability. Next, Captain Victor Addison USN would address on “Marine Corps Team in the Joint Force in the Future” with key topics on Redeployment from Iraw and Afghanistan will create a strategic opportunity to redesign the joint force for the future security environment and other related topics.
Thereafter Jean Malone the Dy.Director of Experimentation of Marine Corps Warfighting Lab would address on “Future Marine Air-Ground Task Force” with key topics on – setting the stage for Enhanced MAGTF Operation, Distributed Operations and Enhanced Company Operations, and EMO Campaign Plan. Next French perspective would be presented by Lt.Colonel Francois de Jabrun of French Marines on “French Amphibious Capabilities and Development in Support of Coalition Expeditionary Operation” with key topics covering – France’s political, strategic and operational environment, current capabilities and expectations and future developments.
With that the Summit would end.