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2002 Expeditionary Warfare

"It is common to see presentations and studies that stop at the concepts or even concepts of operations level. And there are many who put forward plans for platforms, systems or force structure. I have rarely seen a formal study which started at the concepts level, prepared a concept of operations, extracted needed capabilities, turned those into requirements, and used the resulting requirements to perform conceptual designs of platforms and systems and organized them into a rational system of systems. And I've certainly never seen this kind of thing done by students."

Dwight Lyons
Director Expeditionary Systems and Support
Center for Naval Analyses
December 5th 2002

NPS and Meyer Institute students were tasked by OPNAV (N7) to use a top-down, "system-of-systems" approach to examine future Expeditionary Warfare operations in terms of current and emerging operational concepts. The project identified a system of systems, some planned and some conceptual, to place the Ground Combat Element of a Marine Expeditionary Brigade and its pre-positioned equipment ashore in a forcible entry environment and provide them with the Information, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) information needed to fight and win, while sustaining the operation through the Sea Base.

The results of the project have been briefed throughout the Department of Defense (DoD), beginning with a presentation to eighty visitors at NPS in December 2002. Numerous DoD officials and corporate officers have also received the brief, including: VADM Cebrowski (Ret.), Director, DoD Office of Transformation; the President and many staff members at the Center for Naval Analyses (CNA); MGen Battaglini, USMC, Director Expeditionary Warfare; the Expeditionary Warfare Staff at Marine Corps Combat Development Command; and the President of Northrop Grumman Ship Systems Corporation.

The Project represented the combined effort of more than 70 students and 18 faculty members from seven different Naval Postgraduate School curricula representing all five U.S. uniformed services and allies from Singapore, Turkey, Greece, Tunisia, and Sweden.

The varied background of the students involved brought a perspective that the US Officers alone would not have given the project. The combination of U.S. students, international students, and faculty brings out solutions that are both realistic and innovative. NPS and the Meyer Institute have a unique ability to bring multiple ideas and disciplines together to explore a coordinated solution to a broad problem.
Expeditionary Warfare Documents:
Executive Summary
Final Presentation Slides

To request a copy of the Expeditionary Warfare Project Final Report, please email Dr. Paul Shebalin .