Document: Command and Control for Joint Maritime Operations

September 10, 2013 3:39 PM

The following is from the Department of Defense’s Aug. 7, 2013 Command and Control forJoint Maritime Operations:

Maritime power, in the broadest sense, is military, diplomatic, and economic power or influence exerted through the ability to use the sea.

The joint force commander (JFC) employs maritime power to influence events on land either directly through maritime power projection (e.g., amphibious assault) or indirectly through control and dominance of the maritime domain.

Joint maritime operations (JMO) tend to be decentralized. The key tenets to command and control (C2) philosophy are the necessity of the subordinate commanders to execute operations independently but in accordance with a thorough understanding of the commander’s intent, and command by negation or mission command.

There are five core capabilities of US naval forces: forward presence, deterrence, sea control, maritime power projection, and maritime security. Additional naval capabilities include: foreign humanitarian assistance (FHA), strategic sealift, seabasing, and homeland security support.

Sam LaGrone

Sam LaGrone

Sam LaGrone is the editor of USNI News. He has covered legislation, acquisition and operations for the Sea Services since 2009 and spent time underway with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the Canadian Navy.
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