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The Future Operating Environment

PACIFIC OCEAN (Jan. 20, 2018) Amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) transits the Pacific Ocean near Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson Strike Group is currently operating in the Pacific as part of a regularly scheduled deployment. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Sean M. Castellano/Released)

The Navy and Marine Corps team will continue to face a complex and volatile operating environment. The Future Operating Environment 2015-2025 (FOE), published by the Marine Corps Warfighting Lab, identifies five key features that will drive change in how we organize, train, and equip Marine Corps Forces. These features are complex terrain, technology proliferation, information as a weapon, the battle of signatures, and a contested maritime domain.

The future operating environment, within which the enemy’s capacity for long range precision fires will expand, imposes major, if not critical, challenges to the doctrinal amphibious assault battle space paradigm of linear, sequential, and phased approaches to operations.

We no longer enjoy presumptive sea control. Although the Navy-Marine Corps Team remains powerful, its ability to control the seas and project power is increasingly in question. Peer adversaries are now openly challenging previously unmatched U.S. Naval air, surface, and subsurface capabilities while striving to contest our ability to gain access to specific regions of the global commons.

The current and projected operating environment demand Sea Based TMM forces capable of operating in an uncertain and contested maritime domain (at sea and within the littorals). Sailors and Marines need to enhance capabilities that contribute to naval force protection, sea control, and power projection as part of a naval campaign.

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