Operations

Based on historical requirements and employment, the projected availability of MEUs to the COCOMs (combatant commands) will not change in the near term. However, since the 2012 assassination of U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens in Benghazi, Libya and the establishment of the “new normal”...
Cyber operations is a team sport. It requires the sharing of some information to allow foreign and domestic agencies to be aware and prepared to deal with threats that they may encounter. The more a commander knows in terms of cyber offense, defense, and exploitation, the more they contribute to...
In the not-too-distant future, a MEU operating off the coast of a troubled third world country is tasked to conduct a noncombatant evacuation (NEO) as rebels associated with al-Qaeda prepare to assault the capital city. During the planning, it was determined that the rebel sympathizers within the...
The final impacts of the Arab Spring and the subsequent attacks on the American Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, which left four American citizens dead, are yet to be seen. For the intelligence community, these events marked the beginning of a “new normal” operating environment (OE) that will...
April 21, 2014. The successful test flight of two CH-53s marked a significant milestone for the U.S.’ alliance with Australia: 1st Battalion, 5th Marines (TF 1/5), the first battalion-sized task force to rotate to Darwin, Australia, as the Marine Rotational Force-Darwin (MRF-D), achieved full...
The industrial revolution changed the United States Navy like no other mega-revolution in the world. The development of steam-powered steel ships meant that favorable winds were no longer needed to sail from port to port. However, these extremely capable steam ships required significant amounts of...
U. S. Northern Command (NorthCom) was established in 2002 in response to North America’s increased security posture after the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks. Marine Forces North (MarForNorth) is the Service component to NorthCom, and operates within the geographical combatant commander’s area...
“One of my first orders after I assumed command of the Third Marine Division was that the combat bases would be manned by company-sized units instead of battalions. Everyone else was expected to be in the field.” MajGen Raymond G. Davis, USMC, CG, 3dMarDiv, 1968-69 Photos courtesy of Susan Strange...

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