Combining Mojave Viper and Desert Talon
MARINE CORPS COMMAND AND STAFF COLL QUANTICO VA
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The MEF Marine Expeditionary Force had been honed by our predecessors to be the most efficient killing machine on the battlefield. With integrated ground, air, and logistics elements under a single commander, the force generated a level of speed and momentum that only the enemy could appreciate fully. General James Conway made this statement about the MAGTF he commanded, the I Marine Expeditionary Force MEF, during Operation Iraqi Freedom OIF Each generation of Marines must ensure the next generation is prepared for future operations. The current Pre-deployment Training Program PTP exercises address the guidelines and requirements for Block IV training but do not adequately prepare the MAGTF to conduct operations across the spectrum of conflict. The PTP needs to focus on combined arms capability, which begins by training as a MAGTF, as well as maintain and exercise the lessons learned during OIF and Operation Enduring Freedom OEF fighting a counterinsurgency. The Marine Corps needs to shift focus onto the next fight to ensure success in future conflicts. Mojave Viper and Desert Talon, the culminating PTP exercises, must be integrated to reverse the erosion of combined arms proficiency that makes the MAGTF a uniquely lethal force.
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