Marine Corps Combat Development Command/ Combat Development and Integration
The Commanding General, Marine Corps Combat Development Command (MCCDC) holds the additional responsibilities as the Deputy Commandant, Marine Corps for Combat Development and Integration (CD&I), and Commander Marine Forces Strategic Command (MARFORSTRATCOM). They are headquartered in the General Raymond G. Davis Center at 3300 Russell Road.
Commander MARFORSTRATCOM represents United States Marine Corps (USMC) capabilities and advises Commander United States Strategic Command on proper employment and support of U.S. Marine Corps forces. Advice and assistance to other Marine Corps commands and supporting establishments in the development of concepts, education, training, doctrine, and capabilities in space, cyberspace, electronic warfare, and combating weapons of mass destruction operations is the main mission of Commander Marine Forces Strategic Command.
Commanding General, 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 CD&I, 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 composed of four directorates: the Marine Corps Warfighting Lab Futures Directorate, Capabilities Development Directorate, Joint Capabilities Integration Directorate, and Operations Analysis Directorate.
The Marine Corps Warfighting Lab Futures Directorate identifies future challenges and opportunities, develops warfighting concepts, and comprehensively explores options in order to inform the combat development process to meet the challenges of the future operating environment. It consists primarily of five divisions: Futures Assessment, Emergent Force Development, Wargaming, Science and Technology and Experimentation.
Futures Assessment division provides assessments of plausible future security environments, generate ideas that inform the development and implementation of concepts, capabilities and requirements, and provides recommendations for service consideration in order to guard against strategic surprise, shape the future force, stimulate thought and debate, and inform senior leadership of the Marine Corps.
Emergent Force Development division 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.
Wargaming division plans, coordinates, executes and assesses Marine Corps Wargaming Program in support of the larger MCWL effort to explore concepts and conduct experimentation.
Science and Technology division develops near-, mid- and long-term science and technology objectives based on anticipated operating environment, future concepts and warfighting requirements. The Science and Technology division integrates with other MCWL programs to support experimentation and concept exploration.
Experimentation division conducts planning, execution, analysis, and transition of concept-based experimentation and modeling and simulation initiatives in order to develop new tactics, techniques, procedures, recommend organizational and training enhancements, and inform current acquisition programs.
The Capabilities Development Directorate develops and integrates warfighting capability solutions that provide for an effective, integrated Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) capability, current and future, which anticipates strategic challenges and opportunities for the nation’s defense. It is comprised of eleven 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 Joint Capabilities Integration and Development System (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 Integration Division (C2/CEWID) is the integration and execution authority for all Marine Corps C2, Cyberspace and Electronic Warfare capabilities development activity. 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 Doctrine, Organization, Training, Materiel, Leadership and Education, Personnel, Facilities and Policy (DOTMLPF-P).
Force Protection Integration 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 nonmaterial 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.
Expeditionary Energy Office division mission is by 2025, deploy Marine Expeditionary Forces that can maneuver from the sea and sustain C4I and life support systems in place; the only liquid fuel needed will be for mobility systems which will be more efficient than the systems of today.
Seabasing Integration Division identifies, develops, and articulates Marine Corps seabasing required capabilities within expeditionary ship and connector plans and programs to ensure MAGTF integration within Naval Expeditionary Forces.
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.
Advocacy, Transition, Fiscal and Personnel Division supports the DC CD&I role as the Command Element Advocate coordinating the Command Element Advocate Board. They also chair the Warfighting Investment Program Evaluation Board and advises the DC CD&I on all matters pertaining to the Planning, Programming, Budget, and Execution Process, supports the Capability Development Directorate (CDD) MAGTF integration efforts and the Capability Portfolio Management process by conducting DOTMLPF analysis of capability portfolios, programs and the force development process and by administering the Requirements Transition Process, and provides CDD-wide support in the areas of administration, personnel, contract management, information management and technology, security and travel administration.
Joint Capabilities Integration Directorate ensures new capabilities are conceived and developed in joint warfighting context and JCIDS proposals are consistent with integrated joint force.
Operations Analysis Directorate executes and provides oversight for the Marine Corps on all matters pertaining to operations analysis and modeling and simulation (M&S).
Training & Education Command
The mission of the Training and Education Command (TECOM) is to develop, coordinate, resource, execute and evaluate training and education concepts, policies, plans, and programs to ensure Marines are prepared to meet the challenges of present and future operational environments. Located in Building 1019, TECOM has five major subordinate commands: Training Command, Education Command/Marine Corps University, MAGTF Training Command, Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, and Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego. Of these five, Training Command and Education Command are located at MCB Quantico. TECOM Headquarters has eight divisions aboard MCB Quantico, as well. The following are brief descriptions of the headquarters divisions that are not typical for a Marine Command general staff, followed by brief descriptions of Training Command and Education Command and their respective subordinate elements.
MAGTF TRAINING & EDUCATION STANDARDS DIVISION
The MAGTF Training & Education (T&E) Standards Division develops standards for individual, unit, and collective training across all MAGTF elements and common skills. MAGTF T&E Standards Division partners with operating forces, formal schools, and advocates in the development, validation, and maintenance of service-level individual and collective training standards, and validates standards-based formal schools training programs of instruction for ground combat and combat service support assigned occupational fields.
Aviation Standards Branch is a sub-element of MAGTF T&E Standards Division and aligns aviation training efforts, provides unified service requirements for all aviation training matters, establishes and ensures compliance with aviation training policies throughout the training continuum, and develops and sustains a fully integrated aviation training system capable of preparing and evaluating Marine forces in the execution of the six functions of Marine aviation.
Formal Schools Training Branch is another sub-element of MAGTF T&E Standards Division that coordinates the planning, scheduling, executing, tracking and reporting of training seats across the entire Marine Corps formal training and education continuum.
TRAINING & EDUCATION CAPABILITIES DIVISION
The Training & Education Capabilities Division identifies, develops and coordinates training and education delivery capabilities across the live, virtual, constructive and distance learning domains in support of validated requirements.
Range and Training Area Management Branch is a sub-element of T&E Capabilities Division and serves as the executive agent for ranges and training areas. This was established to draw on the expertise necessary throughout the Marine Corps to establish policy and plans for range matters common to all locations. Recent developments with respect to encroachment, safety, legal matters, weapons development and environmental issues investment demonstrate the need for the Marine Corps to speak with a single voice to protect and modernize our valuable training sites.
MAGTF Training Simulations Branch is a sub-element of T&E Capabilities Division. MAGTF Training and Simulation Branch identifies, develops, and coordinates the integration of MAGTF training modeling and simulation requirements, and sponsors nonstandard ground virtual and constructive training simulations in order to provide accredited training systems to the Total Force.
MAGTF STAFF TRAINING PROGRAM DIVISION
The MAGTF Staff Training Program (MSTP) provides training in MAGTF operations across the range of military operations, within the context of a Joint and Combined Task Force environment, in order to improve the warfighting skills of senior commanders and their staffs. MSTP is the commandant’s only deployable MEF and Marine Expeditionary Brigade-level program that provides realistic, challenging training in support of USMC Operating Forces.
Marines Corps Center for Lessons Learned Branch (MCCLL) is the process owner for the MCCLL Program. MCCLL collects and analyzes lessons learned information to produce and disseminate reports and recommendations to assist Marines at all levels. MCCLL focuses on tactics, techniques and procedures of immediate importance to the Operating Forces, identifying gaps, and recommending solutions across DOTMLPF for the Marine Corps.
Command and Control (C2) Training and Education Center of Excellence Branch serves as the central Marine Corps agency for C2 training and education issues within the DOTMLPF process in order to synchronize the art and science of MAGTF C2 training and education requirements for individual Marines and all levels of MAGTF commanders and their staffs.
Training Command is one of the major subordinate commands of TECOM at MCB Quantico, and is the lead proponent for MOS individual skills training. TECOM analyzes, designs, develops, resources, implements and evaluates standards-based individual training in order to provide combat-capable Marines and Sailors to the operating forces. Training Command is composed of 18 major subordinate elements and 78 subordinate training units distributed over 61 locations throughout the continental U.S. Training Command is also the single point-of-contact linkage to other services on all issues pertaining to interservice formal school training. Training Command has three subordinate units aboard Quantico:
Officer Candidates School
Officer Candidates School has been aboard Brown Field, Quantico, since 1935. The school annually trains, evaluates and screens more than 2,500 officer candidates to ensure that they possess the leadership potential, moral, intellectual and physical qualities for commissioning so they may serve successfully as company grade officers in the operating forces.
There are five training programs through which candidates may be accepted for commissioning. Officer Candidates Course (OCC), Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program (MECEP), Platoon Leaders Class (PLC), PLC Combined and Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC). OCC is a 10-week program designed for candidates who have obtained their college degree and are expected to report directly to the Basic School. Marines participating in MECEP also attend this program prior to completing their degree at a civilian university. The PLC program has three possible categories that are designed for candidates who are enrolled in college. Students can choose PLC Combined if they desire to complete their training in a single, 10-week program or attending PLC Juniors followed by PLC Seniors, which are two six-week courses. Candidates who attend the PLC program must complete their degree prior to accepting their commission. Finally, NROTC is a six-week training program designed for candidates who are attending college on a NROTC Marine Option Scholarship. Also known as the “Bulldog” program, NROTC candidates complete the six-week training program and return to their college after graduation.
The Basic School
The Basic School (TBS) is at Camp Barrett, Quantico. TBS trains and educates newly commissioned or appointed officers in the high standards of professional knowledge, esprit de corps, and leadership in order to prepare them for duty as company grade officers in the operating forces. TBS puts particular emphasis on the duties, responsibilities and warfighting skills required of a rifle platoon commander. TBS also conducts the Infantry Officer Course (IOC) to train and educate newly selected infantry and ground intelligence officers. IOC instills the knowledge, skills, and leadership required to serve as infantry platoon commanders in the rifle company, and to provide advanced employment and training considerations of the weapons company platoons. The course also provides the core infantry knowledge, skills and leadership required for those officers selected to serve with reconnaissance, sniper and light armored reconnaissance units.
Weapons Training Battalion
Weapons Training Battalion (WTBN) serves as the Marine Corps proponent for all facets of small arms combat marksmanship and is the focal point for marksmanship doctrine, training, competition, equipment and weapons. The battalion, headquartered in Building 27211, provides training and range support for National Capital Region units, as well as Marine Corps Reserve units from throughout the nation. Support is also provided to federal agencies such as the FBI, Drug Enforcement Agency and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and numerous state and local law enforcement agencies. Within the battalion, the Marksmanship Training Company schedules, coordinates and executes rifle and pistol qualifications for newly commissioned Marine officers attending TBS, as well as requalification for all National Capital Region Marines. WTBN is the home of the Marine Corps rifle, pistol and combat shooting teams. Each year, these teams compete in numerous Marine Corps, civilian, interservice and international competitions. WTBN is also home to the renowned Marine Corps Scout Sniper Instructors School, the Methods of Entry School and the Foreign Weapons Instructor Course. Marine Corps precisions weapons, to include all scout sniper weapon systems, match-grade competition rifles and pistols, Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC) weapons and designated marksman weapons are produced and repaired at the battalion’s Precision Weapons Section (PWS). PWS is also the home of the Precision Weapons Repairman Course, which trains armorers to build and repair the Marine Corps’ precision weapons.
Education Command is the other major subordinate command of TECOM located at MCB Quantico, and is synonymous with the Marine Corps University. EDCOM develops, delivers, and evaluates professional military education and training to officers and enlisted Marines through resident and distance learning programs to prepare leaders to meet the cultural, ethical, and operational challenges of a complex security environment. EDCOM also preserves, promotes, and presents the history and heritage of the Marine Corps through the History Division, the National Museum of the Marine Corps, and the Gen. Alfred M. Gray Marine Corps Research Center. Additionally, through the Lejeune Leadership Institute, EDCOM hosts the Cornerstone Courses for incoming Commanders and Sergeants Major and the Senior Leader Development Program. EDCOM has five subordinate schools aboard Quantico:
Marine Corps War College
The Marine Corps War College provides top level professional military education with a mission to educate selected military and civilian professionals in order to develop critical thinkers, military strategists, joint warfighters, and strategic leaders who are prepared to meet the challenges of a complex and dynamic security environment.
School of Advanced Warfighting
The School of Advanced Warfighting (SAW) provides a follow-on, graduate-level professional military education (Master of Operational Studies) for select field grade officers who have completed the Command and Staff College. SAW broadens and deepens the education of these officers in preparation for high-impact, MEF/Corps-level or higher planning billets. Through a rigorous development of decision-making complex problem-solving skills, an in-depth study of history complemented by field studies and planning exercises conducted at the operational level of war, SAW graduates are intended to have a long-term positive impact in their respective services.
Command and Staff College
The Marine Corps Command and Staff College provides graduate-level education and training in order to develop critical thinkers, innovative problem solvers and ethical leaders who will serve as commanders and staff officers in service, joint, interagency and multinational organizations confronting complex and uncertain security environments.
Expeditionary Warfare School
The Expeditionary Warfare School (EWS) provides career-level professional military education and training with emphasis on leadership development, amphibious operations, doctrine, planning and combined arms operations for Marine Air-Ground Task Forces across the full range of military operations. EWS also provides career-level professional military education to selected officers from the other US Armed Services, allied countries and the Marine Corps Reserve.
Enlisted Professional Military Education
The Enlisted Professional Military Education (EPME) branch provides progressive educational opportunities to improve leadership, critical thinking capability and sound tactical skills for enlisted Marines throughout their careers. EPME provides enlisted leaders current operational information while emphasizing the Marine Corps’ time-honored traditions to maximize the enlisted leader’s ability to contribute to the warfighting capabilities of their units and provide the best leadership to younger Marines. EPME’s approach utilizes formal resident courses, as well as distance education programs.
College of Distance Education & Training
The College of Distance Education & Training (CDET) is responsible for designing,
developing, delivering, evaluating, managing and resourcing distance-learning programs and products across the Marine Corps training and education continuum in order to increase operational readiness. Additionally, CDET is responsible for the development, delivery and management of the Expeditionary Warfare School, Command and Staff College and the Enlisted Professional Military Education Distance Education programs.
CENTER FOR ADVANCED OPERATIONAL CULTURE LEARNING
The Center for Advanced Operational Culture Learning (CAOCL) develops and delivers operationally relevant foundational language, regional expertise and culture programs to the General Purpose Force through training, education, direct support to operating forces, research and institutionalization in order to plan and operate effectively in complex expeditionary environments.
MANPOWER AND RESERVE AFFAIRS
Manpower and Reserve Affairs (M&RA) is the largest department in Headquarters Marine Corps. Located in the James Wesley Marsh Center, Building 3280, M&RA’s mission is the Marine. M&RA is responsible for providing commanders with the right Marine for the right job at the right time; providing policies that maximize the potential of the force; and providing force and family sustainment that directly contributes to personal and family readiness. Divisions organic to M&RA include: Manpower Information Systems, Manpower Management, Manpower Plans and Policy, Marine and Family Programs, Nonappropriated Fund (NAF) Business and Support Services, and Reserve Affairs. Website: www.manpower.usmc.mil.
MARINE CORPS RECRUITING COMMAND
The Marine Corps Recruiting Command (MCRC) headquarters is located in the Marsh Center, Building 3280. As directed by the Commandant of the Marine Corps and in accordance with the Marine Corps Accession Strategy and the Military Personnel Procurement Manual, MCRC conducts operations to recruit qualified individuals for enlistment or commissioning into the U.S. Marine Corps and Marine Corps Reserve.
MARINE CORPS SYSTEMS COMMAND
Marine Corps Systems Command (MCSC) is the acquisition command of the Marine Corps, serving as the contracting authority and exercising technical authority for all Marine Corps ground weapon and information technology programs. Located on historic Hospital Point, MCSC’s campus is the home of the Marine Corps acquisition professionals. The MCSC team is made up of Marines, Sailors, civilians and contractors united by a common purpose: to equip and sustain Marine forces with the most capable and cost-effective systems for current and future expeditionary and crisis-response operations. With ever-changing operating and acquisition environments, MCSC people stay current and adaptable to accomplish their mission.
MCSC also depends on the expertise of acquisition partners throughout the Corps and the other military services, working closely with the Navy’s Program Executive Officer Combat Support and Combat Service Support; the Army’s PEO Enterprise Information Systems and the Marine Corps’ PEO Land Systems (PEO LS), which is co-located with MCSC at Quantico. Within PEO EIS, MCSC has close ties to Global Combat Support System-Marine Corps (GCSS-MC), which falls under MCSC for administrative, budget and contractual support; and under the operational control of PEO EIS, sponsored by the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command. The GCSS-MC program will modernize Marine Corps logistics information systems. MCSC’s most integral tie is with PEO LS, the Marine Corps only PEO. PEO LS manages a diverse portfolio that includes several major ground vehicle and weapons systems.
MCSC’s acquisition programs range from weapons, tanks and infantry combat equipment, to ammunition, intelligence, and communications and medical equipment. These systems and more are managed by professionals aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico and other locations in Northern Virginia. MCSC people are also located in Warren, Michigan; Camp Pendleton, San Diego; Orlando, Florida; and Albany, Georgia. In Warren, the Program Manager for Light Armored Vehicle manages the battle-tested family of combat vehicles that have served Marines since 1983. At Camp Pendleton, the Marine Corps Tactical Systems Support Activity provides test and evaluation, engineering and deployed technical support throughout the acquisition lifecycle for Marine Corps and joint service command, control, computer, communications and intelligence systems. In Orlando, the Program Manager for Training Systems provides training support, and develops and sustains training systems and devices to ensure Marines are ready for anything they may face before even setting foot in country. Meanwhile, MCSC’s Albany workforce manages the vast majority of funds set aside for sustainment, guiding newly acquired Marine Corps systems and equipment from cradle to grave.
Wherever its people are based, using effective, streamlined and innovative business processes, MCSC works hard to remain timely and consistent in providing quality systems and equipment to the operating forces. The technological advantage MCSC provides helps Marines shoot, move and communicate with the winning edge to continue the proud tradition of the Corps, unbeaten in battle in every clime and place. The MCSC focus is on the individual Marine and the fighting formations of the Corps, the Marine Air-Ground Task Force.
For more information, contact the MCSC Office of Public Affairs and Communication at 703-432-3958 or email@example.com.
MARINE CORPS NETWORK OPERATIONS AND SECURITY CENTER
The mission of the Marine Corps Network Operations and Security Center (MCNOSC) is to execute Department of Defense Information Network Operations (DODIN OPS) and Defensive Cyber Operations (DCO) for the Marine Corps Enterprise Network (MCEN) in order to enhance freedom of action across warfighting domains, while denying the efforts of adversaries to degrade or disrupt this advantage through cyberspace. The MCEN is the Marine Corps’ component of the DODIN OPS.
The MCNOSC is under operational control of the Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Cyberspace Command and operates a 24/7 operations center to execute DODIN OPS and DCO to enable the availability, integrity and confidentiality of the MCEN and essential command and control applications and services used by Marine and Joint Forces worldwide.
MARINE CORPS INFORMATION OPERATIONS CENTER
The Marine Corps Information Operation Center (MCIOC) provides operational support to the Marine Forces (MARFOR) and to the MAGTF and provides Information Operation (IO) subject matter expertise in support of the United States Marine Corps (USMC) IOs advocate in order to enable the effective integration of IO into Marine Corps operations. IO is the integrated employment, during military operations, of information-related capabilities in concert with other lines of operations to influence, disrupt, corrupt, or usurp the decision making of adversaries and potential adversaries while protecting our own.
Specifically, the MCIOC forms, trains, equips and deploys task-organized IO and Military Information Support Operations (MISO, formerly PSYOP) support teams and maintains a single, fused and continuously accessible Marine Corps IO reach-back capability that is fully integrated with relevant information and analysis sources. MCIOC supports the IO Advocate (DC, PP&O), the Command Element Advocate (DC, CD&I), TECOM, and the Supporting Establishment in the development of IO and MISO policy, doctrine, personnel, equipment and fiscal resources. MCIOC sponsors the training, education and retention of IO planners and MISO personnel in order to manage the USMC IO subject matter expertise.
MARINE CORPS EMBASSY SECURITY GROUP
Marine Security Guards (MSG) provide protection to mission personnel and prevent the compromise of national security information and equipment at designated diplomatic and consular facilities worldwide. Marine Corps Embassy Security Group HQ mission is to screen, train, assign, ensure the operational readiness, provide administration, logistical support and discipline of MSGs. Qualified volunteers for this special duty assignment are recommended by their Commanding Officers and ordered to MSG School for eight weeks of extensive training, screening and processing. Today, over 1,800 MSGs serve at 174 posts in more than 146 different countries throughout the world. The distinguished reputation enjoyed by all MSGs has been earned by their outstanding performance of duty while accomplishing an important mission for the United States of America. The constant reference of many American Ambassadors to “My Marines” is a source of great pride to the Corps.
MARINE HELICOPTER SQUADRON 1
Marine Helicopter Squadron One (HMX-1) was established Dec. 1, 1947 at Marine Base Quantico as an experimental unit tasked with testing and evaluating military helicopters when rotary wing flight was still in its infancy. Founded to test tactics, techniques, procedures and equipment, HMX-1 has since then become synonymous with helicopter transport of the U.S. president. In 1957, rotary wing movement of the president, vice president and other important personnel
originated, as President Dwight D. Eisenhower — away on vacation — was urgently needed back at the White House. What would have been a two-hour motorcade trip was reduced to a seven minute helicopter ride. On that day, HMX-1 earned its most prestigious of missions — direct support of the president. HMX-1 aircraft and Marines also support the Marine Corps Combat Development Command in the development of helicopter tactics, techniques and landing force equipment, as well as demonstrations and helicopter indoctrination for students of Quantico’s various schools. The squadron currently operates a fleet of “White Top” VH-3D “Sea King” and VH-60N “White Hawk” and the “Green Top” MV-22B “Osprey.” www.hqmc.marines.mil/hmx-1
MARINE CORPS INTELLIGENCE ACTIVITY
The Marine Corps Intelligence Activity (MCIA) provides intelligence forecasts and analysis in support of Marine Corps planning and decision-making, doctrine and force structure development, systems and equipment acquisition, Wargaming, and training and education. MCIA supports Marine Corps operating forces, the DOD, the Intelligence Community and allied partners by providing comprehensive intelligence for expeditionary mission sets. MCIA facilitates the efforts of the Marine Corps Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Enterprise through coordinated planning, guidance and information technology.
MCIA is comprised of the service intelligence center, CI/HUMINT Support Company, and the Marine Cryptologic Support Battalion. MCIA headquarters is in Building 2033, Hochmuth Hall and Swain Annex at Quantico, while MCSB headquarters is at Fort Meade, Maryland.
JOINT NON-LETHAL WEAPONS DIRECTORATE
The DOD Non-Lethal Weapons Program stimulates and coordinates nonlethal weapons requirements of the U.S. armed services and is the resource sponsor for the development of technologies to satisfy these requirements. The Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps serves as the DOD Non-Lethal Weapons executive agent.
Located aboard MCB Quantico, the Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate serves as the executive agent’s day-to-day management office. The U.S. armed services work with the combatant commanders and the executive agent through a joint process to identify requirements and coordinate the planning, programming and funding of nonlethal weapons research, development, and test and evaluation. These efforts directly support the services and MARSOC in their efforts to procure and field a wide range of nonlethal capabilities. All legal and arms compliance reviews must be completed before fielding of nonlethal weapons.
In the more than 20 years since the program’s inception, the need for nonlethal weapons, devices and munitions — both counter-personnel and counter-materiel — continues to grow in support of the multitude of DOD missions conducted around the world. Whether engaged in counterterrorism, stability and reconstruction, or anti-piracy operations, U.S. forces will need to be adept at employing less-than-lethal techniques to complement lethal capabilities and to have the means to satisfy a critical tenet common to counterinsurgency operations — protection of the population.
In recent years, the program has achieved success in fielding both programs of record and responding to urgent operational needs. An array of nonlethal weapons, devices and munitions are available now for conducting checkpoint operations, convoys, area security, patrols, detainee operations, crowd control, maritime operations and other missions. Today’s nonlethal inventory includes acoustic hailing devices, vehicle arresting devices, electric stun guns, vehicle-launched grenades, multisensory munitions, optical distracters and voice translation devices — all proven technologies that provide reversible effects and applicability across the spectrum of irregular operations.
Nonlethal weapons are explicitly designed and primarily employed to incapacitate personnel or materiel while minimizing fatalities, significant injury to personnel, and undesired damage to property in the target area or environment. Several new or improved capabilities are currently advancing through the development process including: directed energy systems, vehicle arresting devices, improved acoustic hailing devices, 12-gauge extended-range marking munitions, mission payload modules, airburst nonlethal munitions, improved flash-bang grenades, green laser interdiction systems and ocular interruption devices.
Extensive research has been conducted on next-generation, nonlethal, directed energy capabilities that show great promise in providing vehicle stopping, vessel stopping and area denial applications at extended ranges. The Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate is committed to supporting the U.S. Armed Services with a wide range of proven nonlethal weapons, munitions and devices to support full-spectrum operations in complex environments. For more information, visit http://jnlwp.defense.gov.
MARINE CORPS OPERATIONAL TEST AND EVALUATION ACTIVITY
Per Title 10 of the U.S. Code, the military services conduct initial operational testing for major defense acquisition programs. Accordingly, Marine Corps Operational Test and Evaluation Activity (MCOTEA) are tasked with supporting the Marine Corps Acquisition Process by conducting Operational Test and Evaluation (OT&E) of all new equipment for the Corps.
MCOTEA is responsible for ensuring that all new equipment introduced to the Marine Corps team works, helping the Corps continue to be the elite fighting force it has always been. The goal is that the equipment in the hands of each Marine is the best it can be through “fair and objective operational test and evaluation.”
Every piece of gear — from the boots on their feet, to the weapon in their hands, to the complex equipment in the vehicles — is evaluated to ensure it is operationally effective and operationally suitable. The result is gear that works how it is supposed to, where it is supposed to, and when it is supposed to — in combat.
MCOTEA conducts OT&E only when the equipment is certified safe and ready for test. This assures the safety of the Marines on the test team and ensures the equipment is truly ready for the rigors of operational test. Initial OT&E is performed in support of an acquisition decision, and, on occasion, Follow-on OT&E, to verify effectiveness and suitability of modifications or upgrades.
Equipment is tested by operating force Marines in scenarios designed to be as close to actual combat situations as possible. Gear is tested in different environments to ensure its suitability, including temperate, desert, jungle and arctic terrain. Tests are based on the requirements and mission profile of the gear.
Testing Marines are selected based on their MOS, their experience in the field or with similar equipment, and the assets their unit has to support our test. Their experience and feedback during the test process provide the basis for the equipment’s success or failure. Marines identify a capability gap, which leads to research on gear to fill that gap, and the process to acquire it. In turn, Marines provide qualitative opinions on the acquired material solution, judging the combat effectiveness of that same piece of gear before it is fielded to the Marines.
MCOTEA, with its highly trained, professional workforce, is a voice for the operating force Marine, enabling informed decision-making, and ensuring always that the test reports accurately and objectively describe what is known or unknown about the operational effectiveness and suitability of the materiel solution being evaluated. MCOTEA is a source for objectivity in the Marine Corps and, where appropriate, DOD’s acquisition process. MCOTEA’s expertise, professionalism and integrity make it a sought-after partner within the DOD test and evaluation and acquisition communities.
DELTA COMPANY, 4TH LIGHT ARMORED RECONNAISSANCE BATTALION
Delta Co., 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion is at Camp Upshur, Quantico. Its overall mission is to conduct security and reconnaissance missions in support of the MAGTF. The unit consists of approximately 136 enlisted reserve Marines and five reserve Marine officers. The unit maintains six variants of the Light Armored Vehicle (LAV), the primary vehicle being the LAV-25A2.
The company is supported by an active-duty inspector-instructor staff consisting of Marines and one sailor. Their mission supports the reserve component, Toys for Tots program, funeral honors and other community relations events throughout the year.
WOUNDED WARRIOR REGIMENT
The Wound Warrior Regiment is the official command charged by the commandant of the Marine Corps to provide longitudinal care and support for wounded, ill and injured Marines and their families. The Wounded Warrior Regiment provides leadership and facilitates the integration of nonmedical and medical care to combat and noncombat wounded, ill and injured Marines, Sailors attached to Marine units and their family members in order to maximize their recovery as they return to duty or transition to civilian life.
The regimental headquarters, in Quantico, Virginia, commands the operation of two Wounded Warrior Battalions and multiple detachments in locations around the globe, including major military treatment facilities and Department of Veterans Affairs Polytrauma Rehabilitation Centers. There, Marine leaders stand shoulder-to-shoulder with these warriors and their families. Regardless of location, these services are available to the total force — active duty, reserve, veteran Marines and their families.
MARINE CORPS NAF AUDIT SERVICE, NORTHEAST REGION
The Marine Corps NAF Audit Service (MCNAFAS), Northeast Region, is in Building 3099. The mission of MCNAFAS is to provide the commandant of the Marine Corps, commanding general or officer, staff agencies and NAF managers with independent, objective and constructive appraisals of the management, accounting, operations and related functions of their NAF activities.
MCNAFAS auditors are selected by interview from other military occupational specialties throughout the Marine Corps. The Northeast regional office is responsible for providing audit services to all NAF activities at Quantico, Henderson Hall, HQMC, and Marine Barracks clubs and recreation funds in Kansas, Missouri, New York, Marine Barracks Washington, D.C., and Europe.
MILITARY DEPARTMENT INVESTIGATIVE AGENCIES
MCB Quantico is home to the Military Department Investigative Agencies whose 700,000-square-foot facility is at the intersection of Russell and MCB-1 roads. The consolidation of investigative activities includes Counterintelligence Field Activity, HQ Naval Criminal Investigative Service, HQ Air Force Office of Special Investigations, Defense Security Service and HQ Army Criminal Investigation Command.
Located on Russell Road west of Interstate 95, the FBI Academy consists of the main facility, Hogan’s Alley Complex and weapons ranges. The main complex has more than 900 resident students, a classroom building, library, auditorium, Intelligence Training Center, gymnasium, Marine Corps Exchange and U.S. post office.
The Training Division develops and delivers effective, high-value training to special agent and intelligence analyst trainees, along with law enforcement professionals at the federal, state, local and international levels. As a premier law enforcement learning and research center, it is not uncommon to see up to 1,500 individuals at the academy on a given day. Executive-level courses, the National Executive Institute and the Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar are also part of the state and local training program. The National Academy Program and the executive programs are accredited through the University of Virginia. Visit www.fbi.gov/about-us/training for more information.
DRUG ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATION
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Office of Training has been at Quantico since 1985. Both the domestic training and the international training sections are at the DEA Training Academy in the FBI Academy complex. The DEA Clandestine Laboratory Unit is at Camp Upshur.
The office of training formulates and administers DEA policy pertaining to domestic and international training needs in drug law enforcement. The office of training’s international training section consists of three teams of instructors whose mission is to travel around the world providing drug law enforcement training to DEA’s foreign law enforcement counterparts.
MARINE CORPS ASSOCIATION AND FOUNDATION
The Marine Corps Association and Foundation (MCA&F) is in Building 715, near the town of Quantico. It publishes the Marine Corps Gazette and Leatherneck Magazine and sponsors an extensive awards program, which recognizes high professional achievement throughout the Corps’ schools and professional courses of instruction.
The MCA&F operates a walk-in and mail-order book service. It also markets professional items of interest such as posters, uniform prints, Marine Corps and national flags, and calling cards. Birthday ball supplies and Marine Corps memorabilia are also available. Visit www.mca-marines.org for more information.
MARINE CORPS HERITAGE FOUNDATION
Established in 1979, the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation is a private, nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Marine Corps history and traditions. It directly supports the historical programs of the Marine Corps in ways that might not otherwise be available through government funds. The foundation supported the creation of the Marine Corps Heritage Center at Quantico.
MARINE CORPS UNIVERSITY FOUNDATION INC.
Established in 1980, the Marine Corps University Foundation (MCUF) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that provides resources for Professional Military Education and Leadership opportunities. MCUF supports the Marine Corps University, the Operating Forces and the Supporting Establishment. With a focus on the future, this support provides that “Margin of Excellence” throughout the Marine Corps by preparing today’s leaders for tomorrow’s challenges. The foundation is at 715 Broadway St., Quantico.