UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS AND UNITED STATES SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND CONCEPT FOR INTEGRATION, INTERDEPENDENCE, AND INTEROPERABILITY
Multi-Service Concept for USMC and USSOCOM Integration PDF (link requires CAC card access)
The United States Marine Corps (USMC) and United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) Concept for Integration, Interdependence, and Interoperability provides a framework through which we seek to improve institutional and operational cooperation. It outlines near-term, actionable items to focus our respective organizational efforts on identifying obstacles to closer cooperation and exploring innovative, capability-oriented solutions to these challenges.
There are multiple cultural and operational similarities between the United States Marine Corps and United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). Over the last decade plus of combat operations, these two entities have had their relationship evolve from mere time – space deconfliction to one earmarked by interconnectedness and mutual supportability. The USMC / USSOCOM Warfighter Talks of 2016 highlighted the imperative need to ensure the many hard-fought insights and best practices gained from years of side-by-side warfighting are not lost to the march of time and the fade of institutional memory. A key outcome of these talks was the establishment of the Marine Corps / USSOCOM Board (MCSB), which in turn generated the publication of the unclassified United States Marine Corps and United States Special Operations Command Concept for Integration, Interdependence and Interoperability dated 28 July 2018.
Referred to as the “I-3” concept, it provides a broad framework to improve institutional and operational cooperation between Marine and Special Operations Forces (SOF). It provides a broad framework within which their operational relationship may be evaluated, strengthened, and evolved to better support geographic combatant command (GCC) priorities. It outlines near-term, actionable items to focus each respective organizational efforts on identifying obstacles to closer cooperation and exploring innovative, capability-oriented solutions to develop, integrate and maturate Marine and SOF force options that will present the GCC with a vital nuanced range of capabilities that address his theater campaign priorities in a complex, trans-regional, multi-domain, multi-functional future threat environment. These initiatives, intended for implementation within three years, are designed to strengthen Marine Corps Forces (MARFOR) and Theater Special Operations Command (TSOC) operations, actions, and activities in support of the GCC.
The I-3 concept does not offer an exhaustive list of answers for every problem; but instead, inaugurates an aggressive, institutional effort to explore the art of the possible without succumbing to existing biases. It affirms existing best practices, notes challenges and complementary capabilities, and provides a roadmap to advance Marine and SOF interconnected operations.
JOINT CONCEPT FOR ACCESS AND MANEUVER IN THE GLOBAL COMMONS
The Joint Concept for Access and Maneuver in the Global Commons (JAM-GC) is a classified document approved in October 2016. It describes how the Joint Force can operate to address current and emerging anti-access/area denial (A2/AD) threats and the contested environments they create. JAM-GC recommends evolutionary changes to Joint Force operations so that we can maintain access to and maneuver through the global commons, project power, and defeat an adversary attempting to deny freedom of action to U.S. and allied forces. JAM-GC supports and builds on the Joint Operational Access Concept (JOAC) with a more detailed conceptual design and more specific required capabilities. Additionally, solutions envisioned in JAM-GC enable operations described in the Joint Concept for Entry Operations (JCEO), recognizing that the Joint Force must achieve and maintain freedom of action before it can project power and successfully execute more decisive operations.
Current naval concepts such as Littoral Operations in a Contested Environment (LOCE), and the emerging concept for Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations (EABO) are consistent with and complementary to the JAM-GC concept.