Marine Corps Combat Development Command
A lieutenant general holds dual responsibility as the commanding general of Marine Corps Combat Development Command and as the deputy commandant of the Marine Corps for Combat Development and Integration, and is headquartered in the General Raymond G. Davis Center at 3300 Russell Road.
MCCDC has overarching responsibility for the training and education functions of the Marine Corps. The subordinate command with these responsibilities is Training and Education Command, led by a major general, and is headquartered in Butler Hall aboard MCB Quantico.
As the deputy commandant for Combat Development and Integration, he is responsible for developing future operational concepts and determining how to best organize, train, educate and equip the Marine Corps of the future.
CD&I is comprised of four directorates.
Futures Directorate provides assessments of plausible future security environments by researching and assessing emerging and future world threats, opportunities and strategic settings to inform development of institutional concepts and future force development. It is comprised of two divisions and one subordinate command.
Futures Assessment provides assessments of plausible future security environments by researching and assessing emerging and future world threats, opportunities and strategic settings to inform development of institutional concepts and future force development.
Emergent Force Development examines select future security environments, emerging warfighting opportunities and challenges, naval warfare and joint/coalition integration and capabilities to develop Marine Corps Service concepts and concepts of operation to promote development of the emergent Marine Corps force.
Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory, headquartered at Newlin Hall, explores and assesses Marine Corps service concepts using a combination of war-gaming, experimentation, technology assessments and analysis to validate, modify or reject the concept’s viability in order to inform future force development.
Capabilities Development Directorate develops and integrates warfighting capability solutions that provide for an effective integrated MAGTF capability, current and future that anticipates strategic challenges and opportunities for the nation’s defense. It is comprised of 10 divisions.
Total Force Structure Division 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 and fulfill its Title 10 requirements.
Intelligence Integration Division enables the development, delivery, operations and sustainment of fully integrated intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities that provide knowledge to commanders and decision-makers at the point of execution.
Fires and Maneuver Integration Division integrates future and evolving Fires and Maneuver concepts with identified capabilities, requirements and supporting programs to synchronize Marine Corps initiatives and shape naval and joint initiatives within the JCIDS process.
Logistics Integration Division integrates future and evolving logistics concepts with identified capabilities, requirements and supporting programs to synchronize Marine Corps initiatives and shape naval and joint initiatives within the JCIDS process.
Command and Control/Cyber and Electronic Warfare Division is the integration and execution authority for all Marine Corps C2, Cyberspace and Electronic Warfare capabilities development activities. C2/CEWID coordinates with the operating forces, supporting establishment, and other stakeholders in order to define capabilities, identify gaps and support fiscally informed solution implementation across the pillars of DOTMLPF-P.
Force Protection Division identifies, develops, coordinates and integrates with operating forces, advocates, supporting establishment and other IDs for future MAGTF Force Protection concepts, capabilities, requirements, and related materiel and nonmateriel solutions to optimally support engagement in conventional and irregular warfare.
Small Wars Center/Irregular Warfare Division integrates Irregular Warfare, Information Operations, Civil Affairs, Public Affairs and Combat Camera capability development initiatives across DOTMLPF with the Marine Corps in order to enhance service capabilities and capacities to conduct operations against irregular, hybrid or conventional adversaries.
MAGTF Integration Division drives implementation of Expeditionary Force 21 by integrating capability development activity across the pillars of DOTMLPF and across the elements of the MAGTF.
Seabasing Integration Division identifies, develops and articulates Marine Corps seabasing required capabilities and related doctrine in order to facilitate MAGTF integration with Naval Expeditionary Forces.
Advocacy, Transition, Fiscal and Personnel Division hosts the Command Element Advocate Board at both the general officer and Council of Colonels level for all CPMs, advocates and proponents to collaborate. It contributes to and supports the CBA and MCFDS activities, and, through the WIPEB activities, transitions the balancing of resources with prevailing priorities.
Joint Capabilities and Integration Directorate ensures new capabilities are conceived and developed in joint warfighting context and JCIDS proposals are consistent with integrated joint force.
Analysis Directorate executes and provides oversight for the Marine Corps on all matters pertaining to operations analysis and modeling and simulation. It is comprised of two divisions.
Operations and Analysis Division is the Marine Corps’ service-level activity responsible for studies and analysis.
Modeling and Simulation Division represents the Marine Corps at DOD, Joint Staff, SecNav and Navy M&S events and maximizes the reuse, interoperability and effectiveness of M&S data, tools and services.