Strategic Decision Space: The Marine Corps in the 21st Century   [open pdf - 499KB]

From the thesis abstract: "Strategic leaders desire as much decision space as possible before committing to a course of action and applying national resources during a crisis or conflict. The nature of the future security environment and the locations where dynamic global trends are converging to create instability requires the United States to exploit its' asymmetric advantage in expeditionary naval power. Assured access and crisis response capability throughout the global commons and littorals allow the US to project power and reassure our allies and partners. Forward deployed amphibious forces create options for the National Security Council (NSC) to maintain, or regain, relative advantage in the strategic decision space during an emerging crises or conflict. The Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) provides a sound construct for posturing credible and capable amphibious forces to protect and secure our national interests. When aboard naval shipping and utilizing the sea as maneuver space, the MAGTF can rapidly project capabilities across the range of military operations (ROMO) and set the conditions for the Joint Force to conduct follow-on operations. Whether responding to crisis or conflict, the MAGTF is postured to expand the strategic decision space of the NSC. "

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