Marine Corps Intelligence Doctrine: Does It Know The Information Age Has Arrived?   [open pdf - 131KB]

The author summarizes his paper: "For eight years the ASD (C3I) has published numerous policies directing the services to create and function in an open systems computing environment. The concept is to simply free DOD of vendor reliance when using high capability computers…The U.S. Navy, with some foresight, created the Joint Maritime Command Information System (JMCIS), which for the most part, operates on the open systems architecture models…The Navy's position as front runner in the COE adoption was leveraged by the Marine Corps to create a C2 system supporting the operating forces. By adopting the Navy's system, the Marine Corps avoided huge development costs. Moreover, the Navy already possessed the supporting infrastructure to continue systems development. Additionally, the Marine Corps was able to capitalize on twenty years of Navy culture and learning in using computers as a component of its C2 doctrine. Marine Corps C2 doctrine, embodied in MCDP 6, beautifully translates DOD policies, and the Navy's JMCIS into an operational precept that makes the DOD COE a combat multiplier. MCDP 6 establishes the culture and principles for Marine Corps C2. MCDP 2, is to embody the principles of Marine Corps intelligence doctrine. Dissemination, arguably is the most important part of the intelligence cycle. If intelligence is not disseminated, it cannot be used. Neither MCDP 2, nor MCWP 2-1, incorporates the principles of MCDP 6. The only comments on computers reflects a look backward" The author's recommendation is to "Incorporate MCDP 6 principles into MCDP 2 and all other intelligence doctrinal, or Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures, manuals."

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