Marine Corps Operating Concepts for a Changing Security Environment
MARINE CORPS COMBAT DEVELOPMENT COMMAND QUANTICO VA
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The 21st Century Marine Corps provides the Commandant s broad guidance and direction for the future of our Corps. The forthcoming Naval Operating Concept will describe the evolving role of U.S. Naval forces in defense of the Nation. Operational Maneuver from the Sea is our conceptual foundation for littoral power projection. The concept of Seabasing advocates a means of rapidly deploying, employing and sustaining globally sourced forces in a manner that provides the President and the joint force commander additional political and military options for overcoming challenges posed by a changing security environment. Another concept, Distributed Operations, builds upon our warfighting philosophy and understanding of that environment to generate training, education and equipment innovations that will prepare Marines for the challenges ahead. This publication distills the Commandant s broad guidance and direction into a draft family of operating concepts, informed by Operational Maneuver from the Sea, and enabled by Seabasing and Distributed Operations, which describe the Marine Corps contribution to the National Defense Strategy. With additional context provided by the joint force campaign construct and the Marine Corps Midrange Threat Estimate 2005-2015, this volume describes Marine Corps forces that will be organized, based, trained and equipped for forward presence, security cooperation, counterterrorism, crisis response, forcible entry, prolonged operations and counterinsurgency. The ideas presented herein are meant to inspire discussion, debate and feedback concerning how the Marine Corps will operate in the future. Designed as an interim product, it will be refined into an enduring body of work, nested under an overarching Naval concept, which will guide future capability development.
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