Marine Corps forces are being refined to ensure they can effectively fight as an element of the fleet in the most demanding joint campaigns that are maritime in character. Simply stated, in partnership with the U.S. Navy we are creating a modular, scalable, and integrated naval network of sea-based and land-based sensors, weapons, information warfare capabilities, and the requisite sustainment capabilities that will allow us to flexibly task-organize naval forces to meet our Nation’s needs in the emerging security environment.
Toward that end, we are in the process of developing a family of concepts that support a relatively new body of national strategy documents. This chapter of Concepts & Programs provides a synopsis of the most pertinent Marine Corps, naval, and joint operating concepts. Most of these have only recently been released, while others are nearing publication. Thus, the associated programmatic initiatives have not yet caught up to the ideas expressed in the concepts summarized in the next section of this publication.