1. Organise operating forces, support/sustainment base and unique capabilities to respond to the complex spectrum of crises and conflicts.
2. Provide combatant commanders with scalable, sustainable, interoperable, expeditionary, combined-arms MAGTFs
3. Promote service component, functional component, and joint task force headquarters command and control capabilities to achieve equipment interoperability
4. Enhance MAGTF interoperability with efficient command and control system combined with surveillance, and reconnaissance capability
5. Expand capabilities to observe, visualise and shape operational area and attack critical vulnerabilities
6. Discharge responsive, integrated, and balanced expeditionary fires leveraging improvements to organic surveillance, joint target acquisition, aviation, and indirect fires
7. Build capabilities to operate under austere conditions across the spectrum of conflict while reducing dependence on existing infrastructure.
8. Execute information operations capabilities for amphibious pre-positioning, aviation, and land mobility, manoeuvre, and sustainment capabilities into operating forces.
9. Network operational communications, information, and intelligence systems with joint and allied forces and provide a global access capability to information resources.
10. Promote experimentation to include ways to accomplish acquisition, logistic, and support tasks through technological innovations, outsourcing, and other techniques.
Top 10 Enterprise Strategy Process to Provide Weapons Systems Users with Tools to Improve Readiness
Degree to which a system, subsystem or equipment is in a specified operable and committable state at the start of a mission, when the mission is called for at an unknown, i.e. a random, time.
Capacity for systems to work together without having to be altered to do so--user must be able to open orders in either product-- products of the same or different types, or different versions of the same product.
Quality of equipment, devices systems permits ability to be moved from one location to another to interconnect with locally available complementary equipment, devices, systems or other complementary facilities.
Condition achieved among communications systems or items of communications-electronics equipment when information or services can be exchanged directly and satisfactorily between them and/or their users.
Measure quality, time and speed performance-- want to operate as long as possible without losses; and when you have losses, you want to fix them as quickly as possible.
6. Field Use
Service support embedded with field agents to ensure equipment readiness and mission success-- utilise expertise in supply/logistics support, assures parts availability & repair services.
Service of restoring failed equipment, machine or system to its normal operable state within a given inspection timeframe, using established practices and procedures.
8. Logistics Support
Integrated and iterative process for developing materiel strategy to optimises functional support, leverage existing resources, guide the system engineering process to quantify ownership cost over service life and decrease the logistics footprint
Uses regular or existing workplace tools, machines, documents, equipment, knowledge, and skills necessary for unit to learn to effectively perform job assignments
Mechanical devices enable trainees to use some actions, plans, measures, trials, movements, or decision processes prepare for use with must be designed to repeat, as closely as possible, the physical aspects of equipment and operational surroundings trainees will find at work place.
Top 10 Mobile Control Authorities Combine Equipment Plan/Route Schedule Marine Deployment Support
1. Dispatch Deploy Control Centers
Dispatch control centres plan, route, and schedule personnel, supplies, and equipment movements over point of origin to port of debarkation to final destination or movements within area of operations. In some cases, the agencies are permanent.
For example, every MAGTF should have a full-time distribution and transportation section. For smaller MAGTFs, this may be no more than one Marines at the combat service support operations centre In other cases, movement control agencies are temporary.
Battalions, squadrons, regiments, and groups establish temporary movement control centres when their organisations are moving. Local standing operating procedures establish the composition and procedures for deployment control centres.
2. Materiel Transit Operation Centre
The Marine air-ground task force deployment and distribution operations center is the MAGTF commanders agency responsible for the control and coordination of all deployment support activities. It is also the agency that coordinates with geographic combatant commanders unit, and transportation component commands. When the MAGTF operates as part of a joint force, transit requirements are coordinated via operations centre for all geographic combatant commander’s service components.
3. Mobile Capability Command
Operational capability is located within the MAGTF command element, conducting integrated planning, provides guidance and direction, and coordinates and monitors transportation resources in its directorate role for MAGTF’s theater and tactical distribution processes.
4. Materiel Distribution Centre
The Materiel Distribution Centre is MAGTF’s distribution element with responsibility to provide general dispatch and receipt services consolidated distribution services and to maintain asset visibility to enhance throughput velocity and sustain operational tempo.
While in garrison, centre will make every effort to integrate/collocate with the base materiel transit operation, in order to maintain distribution competence. For deployed operations, together with logistics combat element, function to establish and operate the distribution network under deployed scenarios conditions.
5. Distribution Liaison Cells
Distribution liaison cells are task-organised distribution elements structured to perform tasks aboard Marine expeditionary units or forward operating areas to include but not limited to providing support for deploying MAGTFs.
6. Terminal Operations Organisations
Terminal operations organisations are integral to deployment and distribution systems, providing support at strategic, operational, and tactical nodes. Terminal operations organisations are established to include port operations group, beach operations group, railhead operations group, and the movement control agency of the landing force support party task-organised, manned, and augmented as required, to perform these tasks.
7. MAGTF Movement Control Centre
Standing organisation and the subordinate element to allocate, schedule and coordinate internal transportation requirements based on MAGTF commanders priorities supports the planning and execution of MAGTF ground movement scheduling, equipment augmentation, transportation requirements, materiel handling equipment, and other movement support on theater controlled routes, and register requirements to the joint movement centre for support. In addition, coordinates activities with installation operations and supporting commands
8. Major Subordinate Command Unit Movement Control Centre
Division and wing commanders deploy forces to support operational MAGTFs, directing transportation and communications assets needed to execute deployments. Each command activates its unit to support marshaling and movement of assigned subordinate units established down to the battalion, squadron, or independent company, as required, to serve as the unit transportation capacity directorate.
9. Base Operations Support Group
Bases from which Marine Corps operate forces unit forces deploy establish base operations support groups to coordinate their efforts with those of the deploying units. Bases operations support groups coordinate and manage transportation, communications, and other functional support requirements beyond organic capabilities to supported units during deployment.
10. Station Operations Support Group
Marine Corps operating forces air stations deploy establish station operations support groups coordinate efforts with those of deploying units. Air stations have transportation, communications, and other assets useful to all commands during deployment.
Top 10 Considerations for Sufficient Logistics Plans for Marine Expeditionary Operations
1. Expeditionary Action Phases
Because MAGTFs are organised to conduct operations under austere conditions Marine forces and MAGTF commanders provide the operational logistics capabilities necessary for conducting expeditionary operations, while tactical logistics are provided by MAGTF commanders and their subordinates. This expeditionary or temporary operations support will be withdrawn after the mission is accomplished. Expeditionary operations involve action phases which have strategic, operational, and tactical considerations.
Deployment is the movement of forces to the area of operations. Deployment is initially a function of strategic mobility. Operational-level movement in theater completes deployment as forces are concentrated for tactical employment.
Deployment support permits the MAGTF commanders to marshal, stage, embark, and deploy their commands. Although deployment is a strategic and operational-level concern, tactical-level units may be required to assist the deployment.
Entry is the introduction of forces into theatre accomplished by sea or air, but in some cases forces may be introduced by ground movement from an adjacent expeditionary base. Logistics capabilities are used in the entry phase to develop entry points e.g., an airfield or port, an assailable coastline, a drop zone, an accessible frontier.
4. Enabling Actions
Enabling actions are preparatory actions taken by the expeditionary force to facilitate the eventual accomplishment of the mission. Enabling actions may include seizing a port, or airfield for the introduction of follow-on forces and the establishment of necessary logistics and support capabilities. In case of disruption, enabling actions may involve the initial restoration of order and stability. In open conflict, enabling actions may involve use of force to stop competitor advance/capabilities, or capturing key terrain required for conduct of decisive actions.
5. Departure or Transition.
Because expeditions are by definition temporary, all expeditionary operations involve a departure of the expeditionary force or a transition to some form of permanent presence.. Departure is not as simple as the tactical withdrawal of the expeditionary forces from the scene because action requires withdrawing the force in a way that maintains the desired situation while preserving the combat capabilities of the force. For example, time must be taken for reload of ships to restore sustainment capabilities because either force may be instantly ordered to undertake another expeditionary operation.
6. Forward-Deployed Logistics Capabilities
Marine Corps maintains force reserve program me allow MAGTFs to sustain themselves for a significant period of time during combat operations. Sustainment gives MAGTFs the required endurance until theater-level supply is established.
Sustainment resources forward deployed with MAGTFs are augmented and replenished with reserve materiel and land prepositioning programmes. The resulting logistics self-sufficiency is fundamental, defining characteristic of expeditionary MAGTFs.
7. Reserve Materiel.
Combination of non-deployed force-held assets and reserve system programmed purchases collectively serve to ensure levels above MAGTFs can deploy with sufficient equipment and supplies to support period of contingency operations to provide reasonable assurance force can be self-sustaining until resupply channels are established. Usually,, MAGTF deploys with sufficient aviation-specific equipment and supplies.
8. Maritime Prepositioning Force.
Maritime Prepositioning Force.is combination of prepositioned materiel and airlifted elements with limited sustainment capabilities. Smaller MAGTFs may be sustained ashore for more or less time depending on the size of the force, the number of preposition forces support of that force, and other variables such as inclusion of an aviation logistics support ship.
9. Prepositioned Programs.
Prepositioned vehicles, equipment, and supply stocks used for regional contingencies are configured to support a MAGTF. Stocking goals for prepositioned programme are the same as the prepositioned ships amd requirements can be filled with this equipment if directed.
10. Marine Expeditionary Planning Organisation
Preparation of plans for future operations are directed by administrative sections responsible for execution of expeditionary plans. Subordinate elements and smaller MAGTFs conduct the same planning with greater focus on the current battle and smaller size to dictate operational modifications.
Top 10 Implications of Emerging Marine Corps Logistics Concepts
1. Equipment Technological developments require logistics teams to be more innovative and forward-thinking than their predecessors. Emerging concepts for the 21st century could yield significant savings in manpower, supply inventories and maintenance costs, while at the same time increasing responsiveness, efficiency, and effectiveness of support.
2. Advancing Technologies
To further develop the operational capabilities inherent advancing technologies that are applicable to Marine Corps information and logistics systems and equipment are needed to reduce the logistics footprint and reliance on facilities ashore. Further, close liaison with industry will be essential to take advantage of technological breakthroughs.
3. Logistics Information Systems
The Marine Corps, in conjunction with the Navy, must develop and field logistics systems that will provide near real time, over-the-horizon logistics information. These systems also need to be able to determine future over-the-horizon, surface, and aviation assault support requirements.
4. Development and fielding
Air and surface refueling capabilities will need to be present in the over-the-horizon logistics information essential to success, reducing the logistics footprint ashore, especially when sea-based logistics method is required.
Sea-based logistics is yet another emerging support concept that requires technology, coupled with innovative thinking, to become a viable reality. When providing a sea-based logistics capability the Marine Corps needs to ensure that this capability is fully integrated with amphibious ships,, aviation logistics support ships, hospital ships, combat logistics force ships, offshore petroleum discharge systems, and logistics over-the-shore systems.
6. Total Asset Visibility
Total asset visibility systems, combined with improved business practices, can enhance expeditionary logistics anticipatory and more responsive to support the increased number and frequency of requirements to units at greater distances dispersed over a larger battlefield. Effective and accurate total asset visibility systems will be essential for rapid identification of Logistics Operations requirements, location in storage, immediate access, and tracking transportation assets for delivery. Successful unit logistics support will depend heavily on total asset visibility systems to maintain responsiveness—especially in expeditionary operational scenarios.
7. Distribution Systems
Planners must develop future distribution systems that provide rapid and responsive means to receive, store, access, break down, repackage, transport inland, and distribute on demand smaller unit packages. Innovations will be necessary in the packaging of unit daily requirements that will facilitate direct delivery from the container to the user. Improvements in shipboard selective warehousing, access, and offload technologies need careful examination to address the increased demand of deliveries, increased frequency of smaller sustainment slices on limited transportation assets. Sea-basing will demand that distribution systems provide the means to accomplish at sea, or preclude having to do at all, the functions that currently necessitate general offload and buildup ashore.
Expeditionary logistics capabilities could decrease the need to stockpile or warehouse supplies. Emerging technologies in commercial enterprise, military warehouse modernisation and potential extension to shipboard or even container designs may potentially improve receipt, storage, accountability, and issue operations to the point where one supply warehouse person could do the work in a fraction of the time. Sizable cost savings could also result from increased use of commercial sources for commonly used items, tools, services, and repair parts. This could eliminate the current methods used to procure, store, and maintain large inventories of repair parts or backup subassemblies.
Shipboard maintenance requirements of on-board equipment need accurate identification as well as reduction, wherever possible. Technology can yield significant benefits in this area. The advances here can be realised through incorporation of built-in maintainability and reliability features in equipment and supplies. Longer shelf lives for various supplies can substantially reduce on-board equipment maintenance and the rotation of needed supplies.
Equipment reliability and Availability Technology reduces the number of maintenance actions required to ensure equipment readiness and simplify repair. Significant savings become feasible in facilities, inventories, manpower, and the money required to maintain them.
Enhanced technological developments will also lead to growing procurements of commercial end items versus military-unique end items. Such efforts greatly reduce equipment cost, increase availability of and accessibility to commonly used parts, reduce mean time to repair, and increase overall equipment readiness.
10. Retention of Amphibious Capability
State-of-the-art technological logistics enhancements underscore Marine Corps naval character and why it must continually strive to improve its capability to conduct amphibious operations. The skills and knowledge built on amphibious capability are essential tools for influencing technological and tactical advances that produce time, manpower, cost, and other benefits.