Commander’s Perspective: Logistics in a Contested Environment

From Commander, Military Sealift Command

Over the last several weeks news reports have highlighted missile attacks that took place in the Red Sea and Bab el-Mandeb Strait, off the coast of Yemen.

Over the course of several days, missiles fired from Yemen landed near U.S. ships operating in international waters. The United States responded to this threat by striking radar sites involved in the missile launches.  These self-defense strikes were conducted to protect our personnel, our ships and our freedom of navigation in the maritime arena.



This series of events makes very clear our need to be ready and able to adapt to emerging security challenges, and is an example of why MSC has stood up a Contested Environment Working Group. With the emergence of great power competition and asymmetric threats, MSC will operate in this contested maritime domain by necessity.

As warfare changes, MSC will work with stakeholders to develop and train with supporting platforms, capabilities, and tactics to assure global maritime services to the warfighter. Every member of MSC, both afloat and ashore, should be vigilant and thinking about this task, and look for ways to contribute innovative ideas and potential solutions.

This is an example of continuous improvement, high-velocity learning, war-gaming, and innovation. We will be willing and capable of adapting as needed to assure mission success within our ever-changing world.

Thank you to the staff that is engaged in our Contested Environment Working Group. This is important work that will lay the foundation as we move forward to operate across the full spectrum of maritime operations.


Rear Adm. Dee L. Mewbourne, USN

Commander, Military Sealift Command

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