Research Guides: Research Topics: Marine Corps Doctrinal Publications (2024)

  • Marine Corps Operations (MCDP 1-0, w/change 1, 2, 3)

    • Research Guides: Research Topics: Marine Corps Doctrinal Publications (1)

    "Marine Corps commanders and staffs at all levels should read, study, and be thoroughly conversant with the content of MCDP 1-0. The notion that “words matter,” is embedded throughout this publication, which defines key terms to ensure Marines speak a common operational language. Inasmuch as MCDP 1-0 illustrates how the flexibility and rapid deployability of our task organized, combined arms forces apply across the range of military operations, joint and multinational force commanders and their staffs can also use this publication to better understand Marine Corps capabilities and considerations for their employment. This publication supersedes MCDP 1-0, Marine Corps Operations, dated 27 September 2001." (MCDP 1)

  • Warfighting (MCDP 1)

    • Research Guides: Research Topics: Marine Corps Doctrinal Publications (2)

    "Our current naval doctrine is based on the tenets of maneuver warfare as described in Fleet Marine Force Manual 1, "Warfighting," first published in 1989. Current and emerging concepts such as Operational Maneuver from the Sea (OMFTS) derive their doctrinal foundation from the philosophy contained in "Warfighting." Our philosophy of warfighting, as described in the manual, is in consonance with joint doctrine, contributing to our ability to operate harmoniously with the other services." (MCDP 1)

  • Strategy (MCDP 1-1)

    • Research Guides: Research Topics: Marine Corps Doctrinal Publications (3)

    "MCDP 1-1 provides the foundation for thinking strategically. This foundation will enable Marines to better understand their roles in a particular situation and to consider the implications of their actions on the military strategy being employed and the political objectives that strategy is intended to achieve." (MCDP 1-1)

  • Campaigning (MCDP 1-2)

    • Research Guides: Research Topics: Marine Corps Doctrinal Publications (4)

    "This publication discusses the intermediate, operational level of war and the military campaign which is the vehicle for organizing tactical actions to achieve strategic objectives." (MCDP 1-2)

  • Tactics (MCDP 1-3)

    • Research Guides: Research Topics: Marine Corps Doctrinal Publications (5)

    "This publication is about winning in combat. Winning requires many things: excellence in techniques, an appreciation of the enemy, exemplary leadership, battlefield judgment, and focused combat power. Winning in combat depends upon tactical leaders who can think creatively and act decisively." (MCDP 1-3)

  • Competing (MCDP 1-4)

    "By design, this is a small book with a construction that parallels Marine Corps Doctrinal Publication 1, Warfighting. It is not intended as a reference manual but is designed to be read from cover to cover. This publication does not contain specific techniques or procedures we should adopt. Rather, it provides broad guidance in the form of concepts, with illustrations intended to stimulate thinking and encourage additional learning. It requires judgment in application." (MCDP 1-4)

  • Intelligence (MCDP 2)

    • Research Guides: Research Topics: Marine Corps Doctrinal Publications (6)

    "Marine Corps Doctrinal Publication (MCDP) 2, "Intelligence", describes the theory and philosophy of intelligence as practiced by the United States Marine Corps. It provides Marines a conceptual framework for understanding and conducting effective intelligence activities. The Marine Corps' view of intelligence is based on our common understanding of the nature of war and on our warfighting philosophy as described in MCDP 1, "Warfighting"." (MCDP 2)

  • Expeditionary Operations (MCDP 3)

    • Research Guides: Research Topics: Marine Corps Doctrinal Publications (7)

    "Marine Corps Doctrinal Publication 3 (MCDP 3), "Expeditionary Operations," establishes doctrine for the conduct of military operations by the US Marine Corps and emphasizes the naval character of Marine Corps forces. This naval expeditionary character provides capabilities both to forward-deploy forces near the scene of potential crises as well as to deploy sustainable, combined arms teams rapidly by sea and air." (MCDP 3)

  • Logistics (MCDP 4)

    • Research Guides: Research Topics: Marine Corps Doctrinal Publications (8)

    "This publication describes the theory and philosophy of military logistics as practiced by the United States Marine Corps. It provides all Marines a conceptual framework for the understanding and practice of effective logistics. This publication is a revision of the 1997 version of MCDP 4, Logistics. It places the time-tested, combat-proven principles outlined in the previous version in an updated warfighting context. " (MCDP 4)

  • Planning (MCDP 5)

    • Research Guides: Research Topics: Marine Corps Doctrinal Publications (9)

    "This publication describes the theory and philosophy of military planning as practiced by the Marine Corps. The intent is to describe how we can prepare effectively for future action when the future is uncertain and unpredictable. In so doing, this publication provides all Marines a conceptual framework for planning in peace, in crisis, or in war. This approach to planning is based on our common understanding of the nature of war and on our warfighting philosophy of maneuver warfare as described in Marine Corps Doctrinal Publication (MCDP) 1, “Warfighting”." (MCDP 5)

  • Command and Control (MCDP 6)

    • Research Guides: Research Topics: Marine Corps Doctrinal Publications (10)

    "This doctrinal publication describes a theory and philosophy of command and control for the Marine Corps. The intent is to describe how we can reach effective military decisions and implement effective military actions faster than an adversary in any conflict setting on any scale." (MCDP 6)

  • Learning (MCDP 7)

    • Research Guides: Research Topics: Marine Corps Doctrinal Publications (11)

    "The purpose of this publication is to describe the Marine Corps’ learning philosophy and explain why learning is critically important to the profession of arms. Learning is an institutional priority and a professional expectation for all Marines. This mentality is key to the Marine Corps becoming a more effective learning organization. The most important factor in this philosophy is the importance of continuous learning throughout our careers for warfighting." (MCDP 7)

  • Information (MCDP 8)

    • Research Guides: Research Topics: Marine Corps Doctrinal Publications (12)

    "The purpose of MCDP 8, Information is to introduce a conceptual framework for understanding and employing the information warfighting function in addition to providing Marines with increased flexibility in their operational approaches across all phases of the competition continuum, in all warfighting domains. MCDP 8, Information is comprised of four chapters applicable to all Marines describing; the Nature of Information, Theory of Information, Effective Use of Information and Institutionalizing Information. (MCDP 8)

  • MARADMIN 460-23: Q3 FY23 Approved Doctrine and Training Publications

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Research Guides: Research Topics: Marine Corps Doctrinal Publications (2024)
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