• As the early morning sun rose over Nawa District in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, a small, eclectic mix of Afghan National Defense Security Forces (ANDSF) leaders casually finished their breakfast. A few kilometers away at an Afghan outpost, a team of Marine advisors grew increasingly anxious, as...
  • Over the past several years, the concept of information operations has matured from an abstract, embryotic concept into a fledgling mainstream community of professional practitioners. There have been several well-written articles exploring the adoption of information operations by the force writ...
  • The MAGTF is the Marine Corps’ principal warfighting organization, a task-organized force tailored in size and capability to accomplish any mission across the range of military operations. The Marine Corps Operating Concept , published by HQMC in September 2016, asserts, “The 21st century MAGTF...
  • With Marine Corps Force 2025 modernization efforts gaining momentum, much emphasis has been placed on shaping higher headquarters and staff functions. The establishment of the Deputy Commandant for Information, the redesignation of MEF Headquarters Groups to MEF Information Groups (MIGs), and the...
  • Over the past two decades, the Marine Corps has made itself at home in fighting a hidden enemy. For years now, the Commandant and higher headquarters have emphasized the need to capitalize on lessons learned to create, develop, and employ many new concepts and capabilities to combat our future...
  • Large Scale Exercise 2017 (LSE-17) 2 commenced shortly after the MAGTF Information Environment Operations Concept of Employment was signed on 6 July 2017 as part of Marine Corps Force 2025 modernization efforts. The exercise provided a venue for the newly minted II MEF Information Group (II MIG)—an...
  • Training Command Writing Contest: First-Place Winner While modern security threats take many forms, the most dangerous remains state-to-state conflict. Russia’s actions in Ukraine exposed new methods of applying the elements of national power toward a defined end state. The synchronization of such...
  • General Officer Announcements On 7 February, the Secretary of Defense announced that President Donald J. Trump made the following nominations. BGen James W. Bierman, Jr., has been nominated for appointment to the rank of major general. Gen Bierman is currently serving as the Deputy Director, J-5,...
  • E sprit de corps means the “spirit of the body” and has long captured our Marine Corps’ sense of camaraderie on and off the battlefield. Esprit de corps is the essence of individual and group morale and an essential element of warfighting. Mid-19th century French war theorist Col Ardant du Picq...
  • Training Command Writing Contest: Third-Place Winner Eleanor Roosevelt said the following in 1945: The Marines I have seen around the world have the cleanest bodies, the filthiest minds, the highest morale, and the lowest morals of any group of animals I have ever seen. Thank God for the United...

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