Marine Corps Combat Development Command

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Marine Corps Combat Development Command

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 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.

Integration Division

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:

Capabilities Development Directorate

Capabilities Development Directorate supports the deputy commandant for 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
Integration Division

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

Intelligence Integration Divison’s mission is to integrate, across battlespace functional areas, ISR near, mid, and far-term requirements for the support of MAGTF, Joint, and Combined operations. Ensure DOTMLPF solutions represent a thorough analysis of capabilities needed to provide timely, relevant, and tailored combat information and intelligence to commanders and staff. Coordinate with other integration divisions in areas of mutual interest. Represent the USMC intelligence community in USMC, other service, and joint forums in which intelligence concepts and requirements pertain.

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 function includes the following areas: Transportation, supply, engineering, ammunition, medical/health systems support, and all
echelons of ground equipment and ground electronics maintenance.

Command and Control
Integration Division

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.

Force Protection Integration Division

FPID’s mission is to 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.

FPID is comprised of four branches: Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Branch, Counter-Improvised Explosive Hazards (C-IED) Branch, Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Branch and Law Enforcement (LE) 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 & Electronic
Warfare Integration Division

The Cyber & Electronic Warfare Integration Division ( CEWID) serves as CDD’s integration and execution authority for all Marine Corps warfighting development activities associated with Cyberspace and Electronic Warfare. CEWID coordinates with the operating forces, supporting establishment, and mission partners in order to identify, prioritize, and integrate Marine Corps Cyber and Electronic Warfare capability solutions across the pillars of DOTMLPF.CEWID is comprised of three Branches: the Computer Network Attack Branch, the Computer Network Defense Branch and the MAGTF Electronic Warfare Branch..

Personal, Budget and Operations Division

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.

Small Wars Center and Irregular Warfare Integratio

DC, CDI is the service advocate for IW. The SWC/IWID is the voice for that advocacy.

SWC/IWID identifies, coordinates, and integrates Irregular Warfare, Information Operations (IO), Civil Affairs (CA), Public Affairs (PA), Combat Camera (COMCAM) capability development initiatives across DOTMLPF within the Marine Corps in order to enhance Service capabilities and capacities to conduct operations against irregular, hybrid or conventional adversaries.

The intention is to institutionalize and strengthen IW and related capabilities across the operational spectrum with particular emphasis on small wars and irregular warfare operational challenges. SWC/IWID will do so primarily by coordinating and supporting improvement and integration of IW activities into training and education programs and curricula, through research of best practices, supporting doctrinal development, and providing subject matter expertise to Marine leaders and organizations. As appropriate, it will influence material capabilities development.

Warfighting Laboratory

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: