2. Ship-to-Objective Maneuver (STOM)
Marine Corps forces have long provided a scalable, tailorable and expeditionary combined-arms option, enabling joint commanders to deal with a wide range of contingencies. For decades, however, Marine power projection has included a deliberate buildup of combat power ashore. This buildup required the establishment of a force beachhead, with relatively fixed fire support, logistics, and command and control positions located ashore. Only after naval forces fought ashore and established a beachhead would the MAGTF begin to focus its combat power on the Joint Force’s operational objective. A combination of naval initiatives in advanced mobility, fires, and sustainment capabilities, leveraging substantially enhanced information connectivity, will enable future Marine forces to be employed in a dramatically different manner, making them an even more effective tool of national power.
Ship-to-Objective Maneuver (STOM) is a transformational tactical application of enduring naval capabilities for Operational Maneuver from the Sea (OMFTS) and exploits each of the enhanced capabilities described by Expeditionary Maneuver Warfare (EMW). Enabled by persistent, responsive, and dynamic sea bases, forward deployed in international waters, naval forces executing STOM will be able to project Marine Air-Ground Task Forces (MAGTFs) directly to critical operational objectives located deep inland, dislocating our adversaries both in space and in time. STOM includes combined arms penetration and exploitation operations from over the horizon by both air and surface means, with forces moving rapidly to operational objectives without stopping to seize, defend, and build up beachheads or landing zones. STOM provides the Navy - Marine Corps Team with an enhanced sea-based forcible entry capability, optimized for the introduction of follow-on Air Force, Army and multinational forces. In combination with other joint forces, naval forces capable of operational maneuver and STOM can also provide the Joint Force Commander with Operational Maneuver Elements (OMEs), ideal for creating dilemmas for adversaries during sustained operations ashore. Because naval forces able to conduct STOM will be able project power more swiftly than ever before, they will be able to not only “kick down the door” that the enemy’s defense’s present, they will also be able to “get a foot in the door”, and preclude him from effectively integrating his anti-access defenses as crises threaten.
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