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Getting to the Fight: The First Operational Task

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The Force Deployment Planning and Execution FDPE process has evolved significantly since the beginning of the 20th century. The requirement for interoperability within a joint and combined environment has made this process even more challenging as we push into the next century. Goldwater-Nichols provided an organizational framework that will continue to influence and shape planning and execution in the future. This paper focuses on the Marine Corps readiness within the FDPE process. Ties to DoD-wide readiness are provided to highlight guidance received from the Joint Staff and to compare the Marine Corps progress with other services. Sources used for this paper include internal and external studies, Marine Corps doctrine and publications, Joint Staff doctrine and publications, official message traffic, briefings, lecture notes, and periodical articles. DoD and the Marine Corps have realized that deficiencies within the FDPE process exist. The Joint Staff commissioned the Deployment Planning Special Action Group DPSAG to review the process and provide recommendations for improvement. The Marine Corps also initiated a plan for improvement by utilizing the Center for Naval Analyses CNA to review their procedures and provide recommendations for change. DPSAG and CNA both provided valuable recommendations that would influence doctrine, organization, training, and equipment issues related to FDPE. DoD and the Marine Corps have reviewed these recommendations and have made some institutional changes that should improve their efforts within FDPE-related issues. Four years have passed since the initial reviews and the FDPE process still remains inefficient. Doctrine and Automated Information Systems challenges continue to be the most difficult issues to overcome. The Marine Corps FDPE process requires significant doctrinal and equipment enhancements if it is to comply with the guidance contained in Joint Vision 2010.

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  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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