Within this range, sea bases currently exist and have existed; a naval task force-depending on its configuration-can provide joint C4ISR,* rapid strike capabilities using stealth or nonstealth assets, special operations forces (SOF) insertion, ballistic missile defense (BMD), control of regional airspace, search and rescue, emergency medical facilities, space for joint task force command elements, and a means of positioning of infantry, light armor, and artillery ashore beyond the beach.9 This capability is comparable to that of a regional land base, relative to the size of personnel assigned. Since there is no certain answer, risk is always involved, and alternative strategies must always be considered and evaluated.
SEA BASING Concept, Issues, and Recommendations Sam J. Tangredi S ea basing is a strategic concept that has been defined in a variety of often con- tradictory ways. It is officially a joint concept, but it is widely perceived as a pa- rochial tool to justify budget increases for the Department of the Navy. As an
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