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The Commandant of the Marine Corps released the annual update to Force Design 2030 on 5 June outlining progress to modernize the force. The report and accompanying film update key initiatives such as experimentation, aviation, mobility and lift, and robotics.

Force Design Strategy and Plans

Force Design 2030 Annual Update 2023

Force Design 2030 Annual Update June 2023 The Commandant of the Marine Corps released the annual update to Force Design 2030 on 5 June outlining progress to modernize the force. The report and accompanying film update key initiatives such as experimentation, aviation, mobility and lift, and robotics. Download the original PDF

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Force Design 2030 Annual Update 2021

Force Design 2030 Annual Update April 2021 Download the original PDF “War is both timeless and ever changing. While the basic nature of war is constant, the means and methods we use evolve continuously. … Drastic changes in war are the result of developments that dramatically upset the equilibrium of war…”- Marine Corps Doctrinal Publication…

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Force Design 2030

Force Design 2030 March 2020 Download Original PDF BOTTOM LINE UP FRONT This report describes the progress of the Marine Corps on my watch in preparing for the sweeping changes needed to meet the principal challenges facing the institution: effectively playing our role as the nation’s naval expeditionary force-in-readiness, while simultaneously modernizing the force in…

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Annual Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community 2022

INTRODUCTION This annual report of worldwide threats to the national security of the United States responds to Section 617 of the FY21 Intelligence Authorization Act (P.L. 116-260).  This report reflects the collective insights of the Intelligence Community (IC), which is committed every day to providing the nuanced, independent, and unvarnished intelligence that policymakers, warfighters, and…

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National Defense Strategy 2022 Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet:  2022 National Defense Strategy Today, the Department of Defense transmitted to Congress the classified 2022 National Defense Strategy (NDS).   For the first time, the Department conducted its strategic reviews in a fully integrated way – incorporating the Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) and Missile Defense Review (MDR) in the NDS – ensuring tight linkages…

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Summary of the 2018 National Defense Strategy

INTRODUCTION The Department of Defense’s enduring mission is to provide combat-credible military forces needed to deter war and protect the security of our nation. Should deterrence fail, the Joint Force is prepared to win. Reinforcing America’s traditional tools of diplomacy, the Department provides military options to ensure the President and our diplomats negotiate from a…

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Gen Conway’s Vision & Strategy 2025

Originally Published 2008 Download original PDF Marine Corps Vision and Strategy 2025 Foreword Our Nation faces challenges that are global in reach and scope. While today’s Marines are performing superbly in every clime and place, our institution must also devote attention to tomorrow’s threats and opportunities. It is our obligation to subsequent generations of Marines,…

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Gen Neller FRAGO#1 2016

Effective: 19 January 2016 The sole justification for the United States Marine Corps is to secure or protect national policy objectives by military force when peaceful means alone cannot. MCDP-1 Warfighting ORIENTATION: On 24 September 2015 I had the honor and privilege of assuming the Office of the Commandant of the Marine Corps.   In communicating…

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Operating Concepts

Littoral Operations in a Contested Environment

Originally Published in 2017 Download original PDF 1.     Purpose The purpose of this concept is to describe “naval operations in the littoral environment in light of emerging threats” in order to provide a unified framework for Navy-Marine Corps innovation. It places a renewed emphasis on fighting for and gaining sea control, to include employing…

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Marine Corps Operating Concept September 2016

The Marine Corps Operating Concept                                          How an Expeditionary Force Operates in the 21st                The Marine Corps Operating Concept (MOC) describes, in broad terms, how Marine Corps forces will conduct the range of military operations in accordance with our Title 10 responsibilities. The MOC provides the foundation and context for subordinate operating and…

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A Concept for Stand-in Forces, December 2021

A-Concept-for-Stand-In-Forces-1Download Forward We have been here before. Over the course of our history, Marines have often been on the leading edge of our Nation’s forward deployed forces, sensing the environment and reassuring our allies and partners. Marines have also embraced truly difficult operational problems and come up with solutions no one thought possible. And Marines…

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Tentative Manual for Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations (2021)

Commandant’s Planning Guidance

General David H. Berger’s Planning Guidance

38th Commandants’ Planning Guidance, July 2019 38th-CPG-BergerDownload Priority Focus Areas: Force Design WarfightingEducation and Training Core ValuesCommand and Leadership ORIENTATION AND INTENT The Commandant’s Planning Guidance (CPG) provides the 38th Commandant’s strategic direction for the Marine Corps and mirrors the function of the Secretary of Defense’s Defense Planning Guidance (DPG). It serves as the authoritative…

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Gen Joseph Dunford’s Commandant Planning Guidance

36th Commandant’s Planning Guidance, 2015 36th-CPG-DunfordDownload Enduring Principles Marines are focused on combat; every Marine is a rifleman. Marines are ready, relevant, and forward deployed.Marines are innovative, adaptable, and versatile, Marines win. Marines do what is right for the Nation.Marines keep their honor clean.Marines take care of their own.The Marine Corps is a naval expeditionary…

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Gen Charles C Krulak’s Commandant Planning Guidance

31st Commandant’s Planning Guidance, August 1995 31st-CPG-KrulakDownload 1. INFORMATIONThis Planning Guidance is the 31st Commandant’s strategic direction for the Marine Corps. As discussed in the reference, it serves as the keystone document for Marine Corps planning and provides a common direction to the Marine Corps Total Force. It is a road map that delineates where…

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Congressional Documents