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Military Sealift Command

How Much Sealift Does US Have For Crisis? It’s Not Sure

Posted by Paul McLeary on


A new study points out that the Navy should do better at tracking how many ships it can call on in a pinch.

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Not Enough C-17s, Tankers Or Ships For Hot War: TRANSCOM

Posted by Colin Clark on


WASHINGTON: Believe it or not, the global command responsible for getting weapons, fuel, and food to troops had, until recently, never used a war game for planning. Nor did Transportation Command factor into its plans the possibility that transport ships would be sunk and transport planes would be shot down . On top of that, TRANSCOM… Keep reading →

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Over Where? Army Struggles To Relearn Rapid Deployment

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


HUNTSVILLE, ALA: This morning, Army Chief of Staff Mark Milley warned Congress that “I have grave concerns” about the Army’s ability to respond to a major war — say, with Russia, Gen. Milley’s no. 1 threat — “in a timely manner.” Here in Huntsville, generals and executives explained a big part of the reason why.… Keep reading →

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Challenges for Military Sealift Command: The Distributed Fleet

Posted by Robbin Laird on


Sen. John McCain recently went after the Jones Act again. In an amendment to bill S.2012,  the “Energy Modernization Act of 2015, McCain argues that the Jones Act is an “antiquated law” that hinders free trade and raises prices for American consumers. What the senator ignores is the impact of the legislation on Military Sealift Command. The… Keep reading →

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Military Sealift Command: A Flexible Key to The Asia Strategy

Posted by Robbin Laird on


This is the first in a series of commentaries defense consultant and author Robbin Laird, a member of the Breaking Defense Board of Contributors, is penning about how the U.S. can and should shape its forces to perform the Asia strategy pivot. As a key part of that, he’ll be looking closely at what he… Keep reading →

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Marines Will Depend on Army, Allies, Private Sector To Get Ashore

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


While the Marines are famous for amphibious landings, they depend on Army assets (shown here) for large-scale logistics. Going back to the future ain’t easy. After a decade largely spent waging land wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the U.S. Marine Corps wants to reemphasize large-scale amphibious operations, like its recent “Bold Alligator” exercise. But to… Keep reading →

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