The Interagency Marine Air Ground Task Force: Enhanced Capability for Combatant Commanders in Winning the Long War
MARINE CORPS COMBAT DEVELOPMENT COMMAND QUANTICO VA
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The on-going War on Terror has brought about the realization that immediate action is required to improve interagency cooperation within amongst the numerous agencies and departments of the USG. In concert with the State Department DOS, the Defense Department DoD must take the lead in improving integrated planning for future operations. The U. S. should abandon ad hoc methodologies where it can and build the architecture required to provide Combatant Commanders CCDRs and their subordinate commanders with the necessary interagency expertise required to respond to contingencies. More specifically, this paper recommends that the Marine Corps take the lead within DoD with regard to interagency cooperation. In doing so, the Marine Corps combines its expertise in expeditionary operations with the future requirement for a more responsive civilian interagency force. The creation of an Interagency Marine Air Ground Task Force IA-MAGTF will provide future CCDRs with a task organized force that is not only expeditionary but also possesses the interagency capacity required to conduct stability operations, theater engagement and security cooperation through 2025 and beyond.
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