Accession Number:

ADA513698

Title:

Reframing Marine Corps Distributed Operations and Enhanced Company Operations

Descriptive Note:

Monograph

Corporate Author:

ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2009-05-21

Pagination or Media Count:

97.0

Abstract:

The Marine Corps should expect to fight within a strategic context of complex irregular warfare CIW for the near- to mid-term while retaining the ability to fight a major combat operation MCO. As a result, the Distributed Operations DO-Enhanced Company Operations ECO concepts of fighting in the Contemporary Operating Environment COE should provide a doctrine that retains full-spectrum capability not only for MCOs. however unlikely, but more importantly to support the mid- to high-intensity combat MIC-HIC-like brutality of CIW. Currently, neither the ECO concept nor the Marine Corps vision of DO is progressing towards a full-spectrum capability and is more focused on the current operating environment in Afghanistan. The initial framing of the DO-ECO program lacked a holistic approach because the initial development of the concept was constrained by a counterinsurgency and Security Cooperation Marine Air-Ground Task Force SC MAGTF approach. As a result of this limited vision, as well as an experimental methodology and cognitive approach that began at the squad level, the overarching architecture that provides intelligence, fire support, and logistics functions to ECO-units will likely be flawed. DO-ECO needs to reach beyond the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratorys description which currently focuses on improving the capabilities of the infantry squad leader and platoon commander to reduce the limiting factors on the rifle company commander. DO-ECO should be a visionary doctrine for the future operating environment and yet capable of supporting potential MCOs and CIW. The Marine Corps can retain its conservative and methodical evolutionary process for ECO--unlike the Armys Future Combat Systems leap into future technology that in some cases does not exist--while simultaneously creating a full-spectrum vision of DO. Prior to properly establishin

Subject Categories:

  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE