Concepts & Programs HomeProgramsFocus Area 4: Modernization & TechnologyPart 2: Information OperationsPart 2.2 ISRTENCAP


The Marine Corps Tactical Exploitation of National Capabilities (TENCAP), as part of the Research and Development (R&D) efforts of the Marine Corps Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Enterprise (MCISRE), exploits current national reconnaissance systems and programs by examining both technical and operational capabilities, implementing training, and sponsoring concept demonstrations to directly support Marine Corps operating forces. The goal is to pursue technologies which exploit data from national systems to enhance MCISRE support to the Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) and /or the supported Joint Task Force commander.

Operational Impact

The TENCAP program inserts tactical requirements in the development of new national intelligence systems capabilities. The program transitions results of demonstrations and field user valuations to the Marine Corps Intelligence Activity for Service analytical use; Marine Corps Systems Command for acquisition decisions; Marine Corps Combat Development Command for appropriate doctrine, training, or force structure actions; or other government organizations as appropriate. The program also supports and conducts various intelligence planning and study efforts as directed by the Marine Corps Director of Intelligence.

Program Status

The Marine Corps TENCAP program is executed by the Intelligence Department’s Intelligence Technology Division. Under the TENCAP program, the division conducts Research and Development activities related to National-to-Tactical integration, Radio Battalion Modernization and Concept Exploration (RadBn Mods), and future MCISRE architecture.