Defense Science Board Task Force Report on Sea Basing

August 2003, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics. An unclassified report, which begins:

The geography of the United States, as an island power with the need to project military power across two great oceans, has made amphibious warfare a core competence in the American way of war – one that will continue to be critical in protecting U.S. national interests.

Future warfighting concepts of operations call for light, rapidly deployable, maneuver forces supported by remote fires.

US Navy working on seasteads

We are not the only ones to recognize the opportunities offered by the ocean’s dynamic geography. From The Economist:

Foreign military bases have both political and practical difficulties. “Seabasing” may offer a solution

BASING troops and equipment on foreign soil is fraught with difficulty. Even friendly countries can cut up rough at crucial moments, as America found when Turkey restricted the use of its territory and airspace during the invasion of Iraq in 2003.