The EABO and LOCE concepts and CMC guidance highlight the operational imperative for a more dispersed mobile logistics and agile distribution network – both ashore and at sea. Analyses of wargames, Defense Planning Scenarios, and OPLANs has consistently identified bulk fuel distribution challenges. Today’s methods and systems for delivering bulk fuel from the seabase to a distributed MAGTF ashore in a contested littoral environment present a vulnerable distribution network that is linear, brittle, and characterized by multiple single points of failure and insufficient redundancy, which presents a critical vulnerability.
MOBILE AMPHIBIOUS ASSAULT FUEL DISTRIBUTION (MAAFD) Operational View OV-1
The Marine Corps is working with the Navy on an innovative approach to capability development: Mobile Amphibious Assault Fuel Distribution Experimentation (MAAFD). MAAFD is a series of amphibious bulk fuel concept experiments that will flesh out new concepts and quantify system capabilities to address identified capability gaps in bulk fuel movement in support of EABO and LOCE.
Challenges to bulk fuel distribution call for innovative solutions to meet fuel distribution needs in an LOCE scenario. Output of the MAAFD effort will inform Marine Corps and Navy capability development that supports future operating concepts.