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The Marine Corps Operating Concept: Neglecting History to Develop a 21st Century Force.

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Technical Report,26 Jun 2017,24 May 2018

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US Army School of Advanced Military Studies Fort Leavenworth United States

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The 2016 Marine Corps Operating Concept MOC How an Expeditionary Force Operates in the 21st Century makes the assertion that the Marine Corps is currently not organized, trained, and equipped to meet the demands of a future operating environment. The MOC espouses the use of dispersed combat elements in amphibious operations and provides guidance for the generation of the future force. In doing so, the MOC breaks from the historically demonstrated requirement for superiority of force in amphibious operations. The ideas presented in the MOC caused this author to ask the following questions is the MOC right Are Marine Corps forces designed, trained, and equipped to operate in dispersed formations able to conduct decisive maneuver from the sea This monograph conducted a comprehensive examination of the development of US Amphibious Doctrine and its initial implementation during Operation Watchtower in 1942, the seizure of Guadalcanal and Tulagi in the Pacific Oceans Solomon archipelago, as a case study, demonstrating that the MOC fails to account for the historically proven requirement for superiority of force in amphibious operations. The monograph concludes that the MOC serves as a normative theory due to its divergence from historically demonstrated requirements for superiority of force. As such, the MOCs divergence from history jeopardizes the Marine Corps ability to conduct decisive maneuver from the sea and field a force capable of meeting its Title 10 requirements.

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  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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