Thesis Title

Sea Basing: From Concept to Implementation

Date of Graduation

Summer 2006


Master of Science in Defense and Strategic Studies


Defense and Strategic Studies

Committee Chair

Bradley Thayer


Sea basing can be defined as pre-positioning troops and equipment on floating platforms located at sea. This thesis explores the concept of sea basing, its development, and how it can be implemented. The paper compares and contrasts the prospect of sea basing with U.S. overseas military based and nuclear powered aircraft carriers. The effectiveness, vulnerability, and importance of sea basing are also evaluated. Analysis will show that with the recent developments in science and technology, sea basing is the most suited alternative. By developing an advanced operation doctrine, sea basing will give much needed leverage to U.S. policymakers and military planners fighting America’s future battles.


future defense, network centric operations, combined forces, sea base, twenty-first century warfare

Subject Categories

Defense and Security Studies


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