Call to Action: Does the Corps Need a New Warfighting Doctrine, or Does MCDP-1 need the “Old Corps?”Posted on: February 24,2022
Based on the Corps operating concepts for Expeditionary Advanced Based Operations (EABO) and Stand-in Forces (SIF) is the warfighting doctrine based on Maneuver Warfare and published over 30 years ago, in a distinctly different operating environment, still relevant? Does the Corps need a new “warfighting philosophy?”
In “Maneuverist Paper #19,” which was published in the April edition of the Gazette, “Marinus” the author of the Maneuverist Papers series argues that the fast-paced operational, structural and organizational changes detailed in the Tentative Manual for EABO, and Force Design 2030 will render MCDP-1 Warfighting obsolete and could even hazard the Corps’ established role in national defense.
Or is this the wrong argument? In order to remain the nation’s force-in-readiness and a credible deterrent against an adversary with the will to operate in the “gray zones” of extra-legal bullying and brinksmanship combined with the capability to deny access and render our existing “stand-off” platforms and capabilities irrelevant, what concepts, capabilities and doctrine does the Corps need to modernize and meet the challenges of the current operating environment.
The source documents for your reference can be found below.
- MCDP 1, Warfighting
- MCDP 1-4, Competing
- The Case for Change (MCG, June 2020)
- Tentative Manual for EABO
- Concept for Stand-in Forces
- Force Design 2030
- Force Design 2030 (2021 Update)
- The Flawed Argument for Change by Gen Anthony C. Zinni
- Read the Marine Corps’ full story of Force Design 2030 including the history of innovation, the threat-based rationale for change, the process of implementation and the specific capabilities and structure involved.
- A Response to Maneuverist #19 by CTR Gary C. Lehman and Maj Brian Kerg
- Modernizing the Corps by Col Matthew Jones (Ret)
- Special Purpose MAGTF KIEV After Action Report by Marinus Sapiens
- Reconnaissance-Strike Tactics and Maneuver Warfare I by Maj B.A. Friedman
- Reconnaissance-Strike Tactics and Maneuver Warfare II by Maj B.A. Friedman
- Reconnaissance-Strike Tactics and Maneuver Warfare III by Maj B.A. Friedman
- Joint Letter from Members of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees to the Chairs and Ranking Members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees, Subcommittees on Defense.
- Fleet Tactics and Naval Operations reviewed by Maj Skip Crawley, USMCR(Ret)
- Change is Hard, and No Less So in the Marine Corps by LtGen David J. Furness
- What Should We Call It? by LtCol John D. Kuntz, USMC (Ret)
Responses from these other publications:
- Marine Corps Times
- Wall Street Journal
- War on the Rocks
- The Marine Corps and the Naval Campaign: The Necessary Context of Debate by Joseph Mozzi
- On Future Wars and the Marine Corps: Asking the Right Questions by Tim Barrick
- A View From the Trenches on the Debate Wracking the Marine Corps by Stephen W. LaRose
- Are the Marines Inventing the Edsel or the Mustang? by Owen West
- On-the-Ground Truth and Force Design 2030 Reconciliation: A Way Forward by Scott Cuomo
- Center for International Maritime Security (CIMSEC)
- Defense One
- Center for Strategic and International Studies International Security Program panel discussion
- The Assistant Commandant’s remarks at the the MCA Force Design Luncheon
- The Commandant’s remarks at the 2022 Ground Awards Dinner
- The Commandant’s remarks at the MCA’s 2021 Annual Meeting
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