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Jim Potter  | Published on 5/16/2021

Sea Services Family Scholarship Essay, Camden Kings Bay Council NLUS The Roles of the Sea Service in the Joint Combatant Force of the Future

Kelsey Wigger

 

Who knows what the future holds? The United States Sea Service has always been a key player in protecting our homeland and no doubt will continue to do so in the future. With ever­ improving technological advances and shifting global policies throughout the world today, a joint combatant force will be imperative in being able to successfully defend America's economical position and national security against our adversaries, in the future. Using separate but unified joint commands ensures that the most capable individuals and teams with the most appropriate skill sets are working together for the future safety of the United States. Our submarine service is referred to as the "Silent Service" for good reason. The silent service is vital in staying under the radar while in advantageous positions and planning strikes. Submarines conduct tactical missions that can gain the United States intelligence useful in combating the enemy. The Coast Guard is equally crucial in protecting the United States. The Coast Guard enforces maritime laws to ensure that vessels from private businesses to foreign ships abide by these laws and do not commit any offenses while in our proclaimed waters. This branch will always remain crucial in protecting the United States' coast, marine environment, and any enemy affairs presented. I believe our sea services most important roles will be to modernize our troops and fleets with the latest technologies, to dominate control of the seas through our forward presence, and to foster alliances and partnerships within the U.S. military services and with world allies.

 

The People's Republic of China and the Russian Federation have grown in power and strength and are frequently aggressive. Both pose viable long-term threats due to their continuing advances in modernizing their military. Modernization is key because (looking at China as our biggest threat) China is already developing a nuclear missile force that can strike the U.S. They are building state-of-the-art ships, submarines, aircraft, and weaponry.

 

The United States forward presence, with our sea service commands, will increasingly be a key to success in meeting the challenges of access to our enemies. Our integrated forces must increase our sea presence in the future because a robust U.S. presence demonstrates to our adversaries that the U.S. can quickly and easily get anywhere in the world, we need to be to defend our country or allies, or to effectively strike at overseas threats. Our presence is a deterrence. China is already working to expand their reach beyond the Western Pacific, so we will need to be increasingly versatile and not only maintain our reach but expand our global forward presence to sustain our superiority. The sea services should remain good world partners by remaining committed to the roles of protecting corporate vessels in open water from piracy threats, which protects commerce and economics across the globe. The U.S. should also remain available to provide assistance during mercy missions when humanitarian aid is desperately needed in other countries. These actions assist in projecting the image that the United States is and will remain the world's naval superpower.

 

Modernization, sea domination, and building alliances will also help the U.S. be prepared to pivot towards other threats to our liberty and safety from other areas like, North Korea, Iran, and from radical terror groups. The U.S. must remain steadfast in meeting challenges that will arise in the future. Supporting the roles of our ser services will absolutely give the United States the ability to maintain national security. Our Navy, Coast Guard, and Marine Corps must be fullyfunded with a realistic budget that covers the appropriate expenditures to train personnel, pay for technologically advanced equipment, and cover the latest in precise weaponry and advance warning systems. We must be prepared to keep our military advantage knowing that fulfilling our military roles serves as a deterrent to our enemies giving our country a relative sense of peace.

 

 

REFERENCES

 

Tri-Service Strategic Plan by an Integrated U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, and U.S. Coast Guard team. (2020, December 16). Advantage at Sea: Prevailing with Integrated All-Domain Naval Power [Online]. Defense.Gov, Available FTP: https://media.defense.gov/2020/Dec/16/2002553074/-1/-1/0/TRISERVICESTRATEGY.PDF

The United States War College (2011). Joint Military Operations Guide, Forces & Capabilities Handbook [Online].

https://keystone.ndu.edu/Portals/86/Documents/JointMilitaryOperationsReferenceGuide.pdf Szondy, D. (July 5, 2017) New Atlas, Rising Tide: Submarines and the Future of Undersea Warfare

Ackerman, R.K. (February 2021) Speed is the Word for Sea Service [Online]. https://www.afcea.org/content/speed-word-sea-service