U.S. MARINE CORPS
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jacob Cripps, with Golf Company, Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, takes position on the
beach at Shoalwater Bay Training Area in Queensland, Australia, during an amphibious landing for Talisman Sabre 2011
July 19. Talisman Sabre is a combined biennial exercise between the U.S. and Australian militaries designed to enhance
both nations’ ability to respond to regional contingencies.
Peleliu flew 400 miles inland to set up the first forward
operating base in Afghanistan in 2001.
The key to this revitalized amphibious doctrine is
the recently updated Ship-to-Objective Maneuver. It
calls for using sea basing to limit the footprint ashore,
emphasizing maneuver flexibility and increasing
options for partnering with other nations. It also focuses equally on soft (humanitarian) and hard (combat)
power missions, Bullard said.
Bold Alligator 2012 is part of that commitment to
amphibious operations. The exercise will involve U.S.
and multinational forces along the coasts of the
Carolinas and Virginia. The exercise will test Marine
Corps and Navy skills at coordinating and executing a
brigade-sized amphibious assault from a sea base in a
medium threat environment.
“I don’t think we’re back up against the wall,” Amos
told Seapower after speaking at the conference. “I think
we’re in a transition period and I think this budget discussion is actually very healthy because it causes us to
figure out ‘What is it we really need as a nation.’ Not
just ‘What is it we really want?’” ■
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