Marine Corps Combat Development Command
Updated On: 1/16/2013 3:15:47 PM
Headquartered in the General Raymond G. Davis Center at 3300 Russell Road, the Marine Corps Combat Development Command was created on Nov. 10, 1987, by the 28th commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. P.X. Kelly. The command is comprised of the Training and Education Command, Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory, the Capabilities Development Directorate (formerly the Expeditionary Force Development Center), the Joint Capability Assessment and Integration Directorate, the Operations Analysis Division and the Seabasing Integration Division.
The Assistant Chief of Staff G3/5 for DC, CD&I/MCCDC is responsible for developing the operational view of how the Marine Corps contributes to the Joint Forces, and integrates Marine Corps view of joint Warfighting with OSD, the Joint Staff, CDRUSJFCOM and other services. The G3/G5 develops Concepts of Operations to support future operational vision and identify USMC desired future capabilities, develop strategic communications plan and products. The G3/G5 consists of Operations, Plans, Congressional Testimony, Multi-Media, and Strategic Communications, as well as host to foreign liaison officers from 11 countries for collaboration, training and education.
The MCCDC commanding general, as deputy commandant for Combat Development and Integration through the Capabilities Development Directorate, is the owner of the Expeditionary Force Development System. The EFDS process encompasses all activities and organizations required to produce, improve and sustain combat-ready Marine Air Ground Task Forces for deployment. Focusing on Service and Joint Operations, the EFDS process integrates combat development across all functional warfighting areas both internally to the Marine Corps, and externally in the Joint environment. Website: www.mccdc.usmc.mil.
Capabilities Development Directorate supports the deputy commandantfor Combat Development and Integration. The directorate develops and integrates warfighting capabilities solutions enabling an effective Marine Corps capability to respond to strategic challenges and opportunities. The directorate engages in leading a Marine Corps resource informed continuous capabilities planning process through deliberate action within the Marine Corps Expeditionary Force Development System in consonance with the Joint Capabilities Integration Development System. The directorate provides subject matter experts in the areas of: Command and Control, Cyber, Fires and Maneuver, Force Protection, Force Structure Development, Intelligence, Irregular Warfare, Logistics and MAGTF Integration. In consideration of overarching national strategic and service guidance and concepts development, the directorate conducts analysis across the complete spectrum of doctrine, organization, training, materiel, leadership and education, personnel, facilities and cost. The identification of gaps, capability excess, and risk areas impacting development of the MAGTF capability list, universal needs statements, other capabilities development documents requires vigilant and dedicated coordination by respective subject matter experts supported by a business infrastructure further supporting capability development from concept to acquisition and fielding.
MAGTF Integration Division
The MAGTF Integration Division serves as the coordinating authority for integrating all Marine Corps combat development activities, across Headquarters Marine Corps and the operating forces, as related to: Phases I and II of the Expeditionary Force Development System; doctrine development and maintenance; the Deliberate and Urgent Needs Processes; management and maintenance of the Marine Corps Task List; development and implementation of knowledge management policy and processes; and development of operational architectural data and artifacts to support investment decision making. Further, the MID leads all continuous process improvement activities within the Capabilities Development Directorate, to include management of the EFDS High Impact Core Value Stream.
Fires and Maneuver
The Fires and Maneuver Integration Division’s mission is to integrate future and evolving air and ground concepts with identified capabilities, requirements, and supporting programs to synchronize Marine Corps initiatives and shape naval and joint initiatives within the JCIDS process. The FMID responsibilities include operational capability development for aviation, tactical mobility and counter mobility, infantry, reconnaissance, fire support, armor, unmanned ground systems and nonlethal weapons.
Intelligence Integration Division
The Intelligence Integration Division leads the identification and integration of near, mid, and far-term intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance requirements for the support of Marine Air Ground Task Force, Joint, and Combined operations. This integration is achieved through coordination with other battle-space functional areas such as Fires and Maneuver. The Division ensures Doctrine, Organization, Training, Materiel, Leadership and Education, Personnel, and Facilities solutions for requirements shortfalls are created after a thorough analysis of the capabilities needed to provide timely, relevant, and tailored combat information and intelligence to commanders and staff. The division also represents the USMC intelligence community in USMC, other service, and joint forums regarding intelligence concepts and requirements.
Logistics Integration Division
The Logistics Integration Division’s mission is to integrate future and evolving logistics concepts with identified capabilities, requirements, doctrinal publications and supporting programs to synchronize Marine Corps initiatives and shape naval and joint initiatives within the JCIDS process. This very broad combat support and combat service support functional area includes the following responsible areas: Transportation, supply, engineering, ammunition, medical/health systems support, and all echelons of ground and aviation maintenance. The LID’s items of interest include the mine-resistant, ambush-proof family of vehicles, vehicle armoring, construction equipment, logistics vehicle system replacement, autonomic logistics and health service support.
Command and Control
The Command and Control Integration Division’s mission is to integrate future and evolving C2 and communication concepts, with fiscally informed capabilities, requirements, architecture development, and analysis of supporting programs, to synchronize Marine Corps initiatives and shape Naval and Joint initiatives in support of the warfighter within approved DOD processes. C2ID is divided into the following branches to support this mission: A Capabilities Branch tasked with requirements generation, documentation, AAO and TAMCN management, Blue Force Situational Awareness/Combat Identification/C2 convergence with Joint partners, and capabilities analysis; a Joint/External Integration Branch tasked with coordinating USMC C2 and network positions/integration in DOD forums; a Command Element Secretariat section tasked with administrative support to the Deputy Commander for Combat Development and Integration in his role as the Command Element Advocate; a Capability Portfolio Management section tasked with managing program capabilities in relation to the POM cycle; and a Transition Task Force, chartered to work cross-functional C2 issues for the USMC. C2ID oversees a C2 capability portfolio of 33 C2 and network programs of record, 15 C2 doctrinal publications, and C2 Table of Equipment Change Recommendations of associated TAMCNs.
The FPID’s mission is identify, develop, coordinate and integrate with the operating forces, supporting establishment commands and internal integration divisions for future MAGTF Force Protection operating concepts, capabilities, requirements, and related material and non-material solutions that optimally support engagement in both conventional and irregular warfare.
The FPID is comprised of four branches: the Integrated Air and Missile Defense IAMD Branch, the Explosive Hazards XHAZ Branch, the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear CBRN Defense Branch and Ground Based Operational Surveillance System GBOSS Branch.
Total Forces Structure Division
Total Force Structure Division, in conjunction with advocates, operating forces, and other Marine Corps agencies, develops and maintains the Marine Corps Force Structure, allocates resources to provide a balanced and capable force, and plans and implements future force structure changes in order to build capability-based organizations that accomplish the Marine Corps’ mission-essential tasks fulfilling its Title 10 requirements.
Cyber Integration Division
CYID serves as CDD’s integration and execution authority for all Marine Corps warfighting development activities associated with Cyberspace and Electronic Warfare. CYID coordinates with the operating forces, supporting establishment, and mission partners in order to identify, prioritize, and integrate expeditionary Cyber and Electronic Warfare capability solutions across the pillars of
DOTMLPF-P, battlespace functions and joint requirements.
Personnel, Budget and
The mission of Personnel, Budget and Operations Division is to manage workflow and general business processes by providing the tools and services required in the conduct of daily operations for Capabilities Development Directorate. PBOD is comprised of six functional areas including personnel, finance, task management, contracts management, operations/administration, and information and technology.
Center for Irregular Warfare Integration Division
As the central irregular warfare Marine Corps agency, Center for Irregular Warfare Integration Division identifies, coordinates and implements IW across elements of DOTMLPF, and conducts IW, CA and IO Capability Development and Integration in order to increase, improve, and enhance Marine Corps capabilities and capacities to conduct operations across the spectrum of war against irregular threats.
The Operations Analysis Division is the Marine Corps focal point for operations research, analytic support and studies management. It provides critical support to the operating forces and the Expeditionary Force Development System by blending a comprehensive understanding of military operations with advanced analytic and decision-making tools, to include a wide range of computer-based models and combat simulations.
These tools are employed to assist the commanding general at MCCDC with his mission of creating and maintaining combat-ready MAGTFs. The Operations Analysis Division’s primary mission is to assist the Marine Corps in making decisions about weapon systems, equipment acquisition and resource allocation. A continuous program of mission area analyses, formal studies, rapid response analytic efforts and the supervision of research projects fulfill this mission. The division provides combat analyst assessment teams for national emergencies and contingencies.
The division is responsible for initiating, conducting or supervising all official Marine Corps studies, maintaining official Marine Corps scenarios, and participating in and reviewing the efforts of external activities such as the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the Joint Staff. The division is organized into six branches to support its multi-faceted mission: Analysis Branch, Current Operations Analysis Support Team, Mission Area Analysis Branch, Joint and External Analysis Branch, Business Center and Support Branch. Details on past and ongoing studies can be found at www.mccdc.usmc.mil/OperationsAnalysis.
Seabasing Integration Division
The Seabasing Integration Division develops and promulgates future Marine Corps expeditionary warfighting capabilities and requirements within the Navy and Marine Corps Capabilities Development Processes. Further, SID identifies and informs required capabilities in the areas of doctrine, organization, equipment, and support facilities to ensure the Marine Corps is fully supported by the Navy ship building plan, thereby facilitating a forward-deployed, forward-engaged force serving as America’s Expeditionary Force in Readiness. SID’s focus areas include: Current and future amphibious shipping requirements, Maritime Prepositioning and Seabasing experimentation requirements resulting from Naval Seabasing science and technology initiatives.
The Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory is at the center of current and future warfighting capabilities for the Marine Corps. MCWL is focused on the individual Marine rifleman and their efforts reflect both service-specific needs as well as Marine Corps contributions to the future Joint warfighting environment.
As part of the Marine Corps Combat Development Command, MCWL’s mission is: Enhance the current and determine the future Marine Corps strategic landscape by defining the Marine Corps’ next warfighting concepts and capabilities via development and evaluation of innovative tactics, techniques, procedures, organizations and technologies using an integral combination of concept-based experimentation, technology assessments, wargaming, and analysis which will provide the strategic axis of advance for the Corps’ entire enterprise. Serve as the USMC Executive Agent for Marine Corps Science and Technology, Counter Improvised Explosive Devices, and as the Marine Corps’ liaison to the Joint Staff for Joint Concept Development and Experimentation.
Located in Building 3255, Newlin Hall, MCWL is made up of seven divisions; Science and Technology Integration, Counter IED, Experiment, Technology, Wargaming, Joint Concept Development Experimentation, and the Center for Emerging Threats and Opportunities. MCWL priorities are concept-based experimentation, counter Improvised Explosive Devices, technology assessments and wargaming.
Contributions from MCWL play a key role in Navy-Marine Corps Science and Technology efforts. The commanding general of MCWL serves as the vice chief of Naval Research at the Office of Naval Research, located in Arlington, and as the Marine Corps’ Executive Agent for Science and Technology. Website: www.mcwl.quantico.usmc.mil.