New platforms, systems, and technology are being fielded to Marines to increase their capabilities. Nearly all these capabilities are increasing the demand for energy. In addition, the concepts of Littoral Operations in a Contested Environment (LOCE) and Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations (EABO) are presenting increasing energy demands for Marine forces. To mitigate the increasing energy based risks associated with these changes, the Marine Corps is conducting warfighting capability analysis to identify gaps, developing energy concepts, and demonstrating new capabilities.
The Marine Corps operational energy objectives are to increase operational reach of the Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF), provide commanders with information to mitigate energy-based risk, and increase warfighting agility. These objectives are also aligned to provide capabilities that will enable critical MOC defined tasks that include Integrate the Naval Force, Operate with Resilience, and Enhance the MAGTF’s Ability to Maneuver.
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Trevor S. Gindlesberger, Bulk Fuel Specialist, 2nd Combat Logistics Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, fuels a gasoline can in support of Large Scale Exercise 17 (LSE-17) on Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Aug. 12, 2017. LSE-17 is a multinational exercise, led by 2nd Marine Division, with elements from the United Kingdom, France, Canada, and II Marine Exeditionary Force, focused on integrating all capabilities of the Marine Air-Ground Task Force and coalition forces. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Abraham Lopez)
“Improve our understanding of energy-based risk in operations and associated capability gaps.” – MOC
To solve any problem, you must first define the capability needs and assess the ability to meet the need. The Marine Corps is increasing the awareness of energy risk in both the mission planning and capability development processes by executing analysis of OPLAN and Defense Planning Scenarios in order to identify energy-based risks that inform requirements. The Marine Corps is also conducting wargaming and experimentation to shape future concepts and capabilities. Energy capability gaps identified are integrated into the Marine Corps Gap List for analysis within the budget process.
The Marine Corps is pursuing an aggressive energy program to extend the operational reach of the future force and increase readiness by enabling additional training days with the same amount of fuel. By creating more effective force that goes farther and stays longer on every gallon of fuel we use and every battery we carry, our Corps’ energy investments ensure that the Marine Corps will forever remain most ready when the Nation is least ready.
“We have to continue to seek improvements in systems for distribution of fuel at-sea, from-the-sea, and on land.” – MOC