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Publication Date

2-1-2018

Abstract

The main role of operational level of war (OLW) commanders and their staffs is to synchronize tactical forces in space and time to accomplish operational objectives that nest with strategic goals. This includes integrating each of the operational functions (C2, Movement and Maneuver, Fires, Force Protection, Intelligence, and Sustainment) to set the conditions for success of assigned tactical forces. When synchronizing the activities of tactical forces, planners must develop a scheme of maneuver. Unfortunately, too few planners appreciate the legal aspects of the operational environment and how they might take advantage of the Law of the Sea in peacetime to enhance their scheme of maneuver. The purpose of this article is to focus on the regime of transit passage and how it can be leveraged by planners to accomplish operational objectives.

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