Accession Number:

ADA534954

Title:

First to Fight in the Next Fight?: The Marine Expeditionary Brigade and a Return to an Expeditionary Marine Corps Strategy

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

MARINE CORPS UNIV QUANTICO VA MARINE CORPS COMMAND AND STAFF COLLEGE

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2010-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

40.0

Abstract:

In order to remain amphibious and expeditionary, the Marine Corps needs to establish standing Marine Expeditionary Brigade MEB headquarters by implementing simple, yet innovative, changes in the areas of manning, training, and equipping. This paper examines the Marine Corps place in protecting vital national interests and its approach to war today, with respect to future strategic planning and procurement and possibilities to return to its amphibious and expeditionary traditions. The purpose of this paper is to examine current policies and understand how the Marine Corps should posture itself for the future, to include the needs for a forcible entry capability and lighter Marine Air-Ground Task Forces. This paper advocates reestablishing a standing MEB headquarters to provide operational oversight of Marine or Joint assets in order to conduct forcible entry operations during combat or security operations. The MEB can also better provide focus and continuity for lower-intensity, but equally important, operations such as theater security cooperation training with partner nations or relief and reconstruction operations for humanitarian crises. Particular attention is paid to the Marine Corps legal responsibilities under Title 10 of the United States Code and the new guidance from the Commandant of the Marine Corps in the United States Marine Corps Service Campaign Plan 2009-2015. After addressing the improved operational capabilities a standing MEB could contribute, this paper will present several possibilities in lightening the load of Marines and units in order to maintain a light, expeditionary capability without sacrificing warfighting capabilities. With an increase in MEB amphibious expeditionary capabilities, Marines will be poised to be the first to fight the next fight, or at least the first to conduct the next expeditionary operation as the United States force in readiness, be it security, engagement, or relief and reconstruction.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE