Marine Air-Ground Task Force Analysis

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The successful execution of the concepts found in Expeditionary Force 21 (EF21) reside in the ability of the Marine Corps to candidly assess the current state of the operating forces and operational needs while planning to future requirements. Shifting our focus towards the next fight will require, not an overhaul, but the refinement of how the service organizes to fight and operate with joint, and multinational, partners. This is rooted in the understanding that the Marine Corps must adjust its forward deployed posture in order to support the ability to respond across the range of military operations. Deciding where and when to deploy and how to organize in preparation for future challenges, while critical, will solely exist as an intellectual…show more content…
Conflicts, large and small, have continued to evolve into more joint, and multinational, in nature. EF21 stresses that the Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), and Marine air-ground task force (MAGTF) construct as a whole, will continue to be the basis for providing the nation a forward deployed crisis response presence. However, this construct needs to evolve in two very distinct ways: increase the ability operate in a disaggregated manner as required, as well as able to seamlessly composite into a larger force when needed. These two seemly distinct requirements may seem contradictory in nature but are able to be achieved through the reorganization that EF21 promotes. MEUs have already become more familiar and skilled at conducting disaggregated operations, but with limited recent historical examples of compositing, the main effort for refinement is the Marine Expeditionary Brigade (MEB) and its ability to effectively composite already deployed MEUs into a larger unit. Establishing three standing MEB joint task force (JTF) capable command elements (CE) forward deployed units gain the influence of a brigadier general and professional staff officers that can effectively operate in the joint environment while also bringing needed diplomatic ability when dealing with multinational partners. This standing body of…show more content…
Key to the concept will be refining the organization to ensure flexibility and scalability with the ability to operate in the joint environment while understanding that the ability to support that organization lies in the ability to remain forward deployed. The Marine Corps forward deployed posture will require the true commitment to Marines as individuals developing high quality people willing and capable of successfully executing

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