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Unique Combatant Commander (CCDR) Support
A CCDR or subordinate joint force commander might also require Marine forces that do not have all elements of a MAGTF – these forces do not have a specific MAGTF designation. Examples include the Black Sea Rotational Force and Marine Rotational Force-Darwin, which participate in SC to build military capacity, provide regional stability, and develop lasting partnerships with nations in the region.


In addition, as we evaluate potential hybrid threats, we believe there will be a requirement for smaller combined arms task forces. These task forces will operate in environments where greater capabilities are pushed to lower levels in order to enable distributed operations at increasing distances. These task forces will depend upon increased tactical mobility and must maintain a high state of readiness. At the same time, they must retain the capability to integrate quickly into a larger, more lethal force on short notice. The Marine Corps’ ethos, training, and warfighting philosophy make Marines ideally suited to these types of units and operations. However, we must ensure that our organizational designs, as well as planning and command and control (C2) capabilities, preserve the operational agility required to answer the demands of the complex future operating environment, and consistently fulfill the needs of our CCDRs.


A fundamental characteristic of the MAGTF is its ability to operate for extended periods as an expeditionary force, and rely on integral combat logistics element and internal resources for sustainment. All MAGTFs have inherent sustainability that allows them to be self-sufficient for planned periods. Larger MAGTFs have a deeper, broader, and more capable organic support capability. MAGTFs of different sizes deploy with a sufficient amount of supplies to support joint operations. MAGTFs can augment their organic sustainability by using external support from U.S. Navy organizations, host nation support agreements, inter-service support agreements, and in-theater cross-service agreements.
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