Mindset, Structure, Skills: Enhanced Company Operations (ECO) and Hybrid War
MARINE CORPS COMBAT DEVELOPMENT COMMAND QUANTICO VA
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Today, a change in the nature of warfare, a continued requirement to project forces ashore, and the realities of the Long War have converged to present challenges and opportunities. A Concept for Enhanced Company Operations describes one way the Marine Corps is responding to this environment by focusing on the development of capabilities at the company level.1 Already at the company level, Savvy company commanders and their Marines make Enhanced Company Operations happen, but they do so more often in spite of than because of institutional support.2 The Commandants challenge for enhanced company operations is to take it to the next level.3 Taking it to the next level means going beyond providing the equipment to make Enhanced Company Operations happen. The keys to success will be developing a light infantry mindset, flexible structures, and people with the right education and skills required for infantry to succeed in the complex environment that will define warfare in the coming decades.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics