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The ACV Program Advances!

by admin on November 28, 2015

For those who have been reading me over the years, it should come as no surprise that I am a big fan of the U.S. Marine Corps Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV 1.1) Program (look here and here). I mean, heck, I was for the ACV 1.1 Program back when it was originally the Marine Personnel […]


In America’s arcane and endless doctrinal debates over amphibious warfare (examples here and here), one constant shines above all–the incessant Marine Corps call for large-caliber fire support from the sea. To “big gun” fire support advocates, the little “popguns” on America’s Littoral Combat Ships, Frigates, Destroyers and Cruisers don’t seem to matter at all in shore […]


U.S. Marine Corps: Fight Your Connectors!

by admin on April 30, 2014

There is a long-standing idea out in the world of “amphibious assault” that connectors (those things that are supposed to move from a ship to a beach and back) should be pure logistical creatures. With Operational Maneuver From The Sea, the idea of fighting in the space between the ship and shore is almost a […]


Is the recent release of the Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) 1.1 RFI a sign that the U.S. Marine Corps finally going to get serious about procuring modern amphibious vehicles? I have something of a personal stake in this, after urging the USMC to reconsider the early 2013 abandonment of the Marine Personnel Carrier (MPC) back […]


To continue the discussion of Marine Corps amphibious warfare, I turn to the amphibious tank, an asset the Marines have been trying to procure since the early days of Operational Maneuver From the Sea (OMFTS).  Now, let me be frank– I like the idea of an amphibious tank, and believe a turn towards the Pacific […]


So the Navy has issued an RFI for a new Amphibious Combat Vehicle (Solicitation Number M6785411IO213). I’ve written about the EFV before (here and here), and, though I liked the EFV, I am glad to see that we are taking another look at the whole “amphibious tractor” concept. Regarding the RFI, there really is nothing […]


EFV: Some Required Reading

by Craig Hooper on May 6, 2010

With the new Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (EFV)  roll-out and Gate’s mention of the EFV program, I figured it would be a good time to review… My 2008 Proceedings treatise on the EFV. Quit gaming the stats.  Use a fully-loaded EFV for testing. The EFV under-armor evokes Congressional eloquence. The JHSV was nasal polyps cure to […]

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EFV meets the IED:

by Craig Hooper on March 8, 2010

I’ve been busy with a few “conventional” writing projects—some items that which will hit the press here in a few days—so, as I get back into the swing of things, blogwise, I would be remiss—since I’ve been so negative about the Marine Corps’ MV-2 buy cialis online uk 2 Osprey—to cheer

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Enter the Littoral Combat Boat (LCB):

by Craig Hooper on February 18, 2010

Israel has a lot invested in doing littoral combat right.  And, right now, the IDF is sending their Merkava Main Battle Tank to sea in LCTs. Rather than call the LCTs mere landing craft, why not call them Littoral Combat Boats (LCBs)?  That’s what they are. Look. There’s plenty for IDF littoral combat forces to […]

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