Working Group 12: Maritime Operations


(Updated 26 September 2014)

Purpose:  The purpose of the Maritime Operations Working Group (WG) is to promote the exchange of analytical techniques, permit peer review of methods and results, and provide a means for continued growth of military operations research and related disciplines as applied to the maritime missions of the naval forces. The principle focus of this Working Group is to examine maritime operations, littoral warfare and regional sea control in contingency operations and within the framework of joint warfare.

Discussion:  Current national and joint military strategies and vision provide a framework within which maritime operations are conducted as a component of joint warfare. The mission of the Navy and Marine Corps team is to be prepared to conduct prompt and sustained combat operations from the sea in support of national interests. The naval services do so through two major warfare functions: power projection ashore and regional sea control. This duality provides a natural, though not perfect, breakdown for Working Groups 12 and 13 (Strike Warfare and Power Projection). These warfare functions are necessarily interdependent and the forces that accomplish them are frequently the same, therefore the need for close coordination between working group chairs and the likelihood of one or more joint meetings in areas of common interest. Analysis of joint operations using naval forces as the primary, enabling, or supporting forces are appropriate and desired. Principal naval warfare tasks to be considered in this WG bear on dominating the maritime regional and littoral battlespace: antisubmarine warfare (including emphasis on ASW against diesel submarines and shallow water ASW); mine warfare (including offensive and defensive mine countermeasures); anti-surface warfare (including emphasis on ASUW against small fast surface vessels); maritime air defense (including emphasis on ship self defense, area defense against sea skimmers, and sea-based tactical ballistic missile defense); combat logistics (including sealift, sealift protections, and logistics over the shore); maritime unmanned systems; attaining and sustaining maritime domain awareness; and joint command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) related to all of the above.

Other Working Groups:  Candidates for joint discussions with WG 12 include:

·      Air and Missile Defense (WG 9)

·      Joint Campaign Analysis (WG 10)

·      Land and Expeditionary Warfare (WG 11)

·      Power Projection and Strike (WG 13)

·      Air Warfare (WG 14)

·      Special Operations and Irregular Warfare (WG 32)

·      Human Behavior and Performance (DWG 1)

·      Unmanned Systems (DWG 2)