A CCDR or subordinate joint force commander might also require Marine forces that do not have all elements of a MAGTF – these forces do not have a specific MAGTF designation. Examples include the Black Sea Rotational Force and Marine Rotational Force-Darwin, which participate in SC to build military capacity, provide regional stability, and develop lasting partnerships with nations in the region.
In addition, as we evaluate potential hybrid threats, we believe there will be a requirement for smaller combined arms task forces. These task forces will operate in environments where greater capabilities are pushed to lower levels in order to enable distributed operations at increasing distances. These task forces will depend upon increased tactical mobility and must maintain a high state of readiness. At the same time, they must retain the capability to integrate quickly into a larger, more lethal force on short notice.
The Marine Corps ethos, training, and warfighting philosophy make Marines ideally suited to these types of units and operations. However, we must ensure that our organizational designs, as well as planning and command and control (C2) capabilities, preserve the operational agility required to answer the demands of the complex future operating environment, and consistently fulfill the needs of our CCDRs.