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Newly Updated U.S. Marine Corps Logistics Doctrine

Newly Updated U.S. Marine Corps Logistics Doctrine

Newly Updated U.S. Marine Corps Logistics Doctrine
Bill Kobren
Aligning with their recently issued February 2023 US Marine Corps Installations & Logistics 2030 the US Marine Corps this week published their new Marine Corps Doctrinal Publication (MCDP) 4 Logistics, a “…doctrinal publication focuses on logistics. It describes the theory and philosophy of military logistics as practiced by the United States Marine Corps. It provides Marines a conceptual framework for understanding how logistics is an essential aspect of every military operation….this publication describes the role of logistics in a globally contested environment, within multiple domains, across the competition continuum.”

The new publication goes on the state that “…Marines must be able to operate when logistics is contested, which requires us to consider logistics opportunities and limitations in both force and operational planning. Professionals across all Marine Corps occupational fields must find innovative ways to move and sustain forces, experiment with alternative support methods, and train to conduct logistics in realistic conditions as cohesive units. Increasingly persistent and global threats reinforce the need to leverage strategic- and operational-level logistics to support Marines. This publication is intended for all Marines. Logistics is a part of every military activity (emphasis added). Therefore, all Marines benefit by understanding the nature, theories, and design of the logistics enterprise. The more Marines understand how their needs are met by a complex network of systems and relationships, the better they will be at creating realistic plans, generating requirements, and using the network to build, position, and sustain the force.”