“We have a draft ISR plan that
goes up to 2018,” McClane said.
The effort requires additional
training and new systems.
“DCGS MC, for example, is a
concept that we had to procure, to
provide training for and resources
for, that are going to be interoperable
with DCGS Navy,” McClane said.
It currently is undergoing a field
users’ evaluation with III MEF that
“we’re following very closely,” he
As for equipment and systems,
“it’s synergistic. So you’re talking
computers, information technology, intel software, intel communications — we have to get that data
from point A to point B,” he added.
A Marine Corps study in 2012
found that the communications
equipment for amphibious operations on the Navy amphibs is outdated and restricts command and control at long range and on the move.
“That’s certainly being looked at our level,” including through “a number of groups working with the
Navy N2N6,” McClane said, referring to the Navy
Information Dominance and Intelligence office.
“One of Gen. Stewart’s priorities for MCISRE is the
development of a Navy-Marine Corps combined maritime communications plan” to address some of those
issues, he said.
The goal, Warford said, is to “have better interoper-
ability with the Navy,” so the systems can easily talk to
each other and the Marine Corps systems can “plug
and play” with Navy systems when they come aboard
ships, “so they can obtain situational awareness.”
The Marines who operate in MCISRE are trained at
facilities such as the Navy-Marine Corps Intelligence
Training Center, Dam Neck, Va.; the Defense Language
Institute at Monterey, Calif.; Corey Station at
Pensacola, Fla.; and Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas.
McClane said the ISR enterprise has about 10,000
Marines and civilians, which include support personnel in addition to the intelligence operators.
Despite the Corps’ requirement to cut at least
20,000 Marines, McClane said, MCISRE “remains
largely intact, from every indication I’ve seen.
“We will need that in an increasing era of uncertainty in security challenges,” he said. “You’re going to
need those intelligence resources to provide that information to our deployed commanders for knowledge at
the point of action.” ■
U.S. MARINE CORPS
Staff Sgt. Gerhard Tauss launches an unmanned aerial vehicle prior to conduct-
ing operations in the scouted area in Nahr-e Saraj, Afghanistan, June 20. Tauss
is the platoon sergeant for 2nd Platoon, Mobility Assault Company, 1st Combat
Engineer Battalion, and operated in support of Operation Jaws as part of a
said. That includes unmanned air systems and the
nontraditional ISR that strike-fighter pilots collect
with their targeting pods, he noted.
They also are drawing on all forms of ground ISR
capabilities, including the scout-sniper teams, reconnaissance Marines, MARSOC units — which include special
intelligence as one of their core capabilities — and the
tactical signals intelligence (SIGINT) support teams.
SIGINT units have had to “dramatically transform
the way we conduct intelligence operations because of
the new threat,” McClane said. That threat includes
irregular forces that may communicate with cell
phones instead of sophisticated radios, and “non-state
actors that have state-like capabilities, with a ready
access to technology.
“As a learning organization, we’ve had to adapt our
own training, our resourcing, to meet that challenge.
So we are attacking enemy capabilities with new technologies and new methods of employment,” he said.
MCISRE relies extensively on the capabilities of the
national ISR systems, through a process called National
Tactical Intelligence Integration, that puts Marine intelligence analysts and operators at the national agencies,
That enables the deployed MAGTFs to reach back
to the national agencies “and receive tailored support
based on their priorities,” he said.
The enterprise initiative has been under way for at
least three years, but still is evolving.