After WWII, the U.S. Navy’s ability to plan and execute at the operational level of war (OLW), which links tactical actions with strategic objectives, progressively diminished. Following 9/11, Navy senior leadership recognized this shortcoming and introduced a new concept, the Maritime Operations Center (MOC), to address it. In 2005, the CNO, VCNO and major fleet commanders committed to the reinvigoration of U.S. Navy operational level execution by spreading the MOC concept throughout the fleet. This article traces the development of the MOC, recognizes that the Navy has markedly improved its ability to effectively plan and execute at the OLW, and makes recommendations for moving forward.
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Lawler, William and Will, Jonathan
"Moving Forward: The Evolution of the Maritime Operations Center,"
MOC Warfighter: Vol. 1
, Article 3.
Available at: https://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/moc-warfighter/vol1/iss1/3