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Supporting Affordable and Sustainable Amphibious Assault and Utility Capabilities with a Revitalized High–Low Mix of Platforms

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This paper presents an argument in support of the return to a “High–Low Mix” of naval platforms to support the ship-to-shore movement of combat power and logistics support by the US Navy. Definition of the High–Low Mix concept is offered in the context of the Navy Amphibious Warfare capabilities set, and possible impacts on force structure, doctrine, and acquisition strategy imposed by such a change are described. Impacts of technological advancements in supporting the affordable and sustainable development of the envisioned capabilities are suggested. In closing, necessary steps in the path to establishment of a revitalized set of High–Low Mix capabilities are highlighted and a nominal course of action recommended.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: NAVSEA's Future Ship & Force Architecture Concepts Division Director (SEA 05D1) 2: University of Michigan 3: University of Maryland 4: LCU(R) program and integrating landing craft onto LPD-17

Publication date: October 1, 2009

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