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Disaggregation: Breaking Up the MAGTF Band
The current operating environment for the United States military is transitioning from major combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan toward smaller, crisis events, and each service is attempting to adapt how it can support the growing demand from Geographic Combatant Commanders (GCCs). This essay will suggest that disaggregation of Marine Expeditionary Units (MEU) is not the solution for supporting increased operational demands. This is because a MEU's strength is its cohesion as a Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF) that is built during pre-deployment training, and the MEU is the model of how the Marine Corps provides unique capabilities to support (GCC) demands. The Marine Corps' solution for supporting the increased operational requirements should be to consider alternate MEU task organization, without fracturing the MAGTF, and change the Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) structure to maximize limited amphibious assets.
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