Commanders also need the ability to use non-kinetic
tools, such as cyber, to temporarily disable a C2 node or
an electrical power grid rather than physically damaging them, Westphal added.
Sixth: Preparing Marines and supporting capabili-
ties through training, education, exercises and experi-
mentation so that 10 years from now using IW “just
becomes the natural course of things. It’s not new, it’s
not innovative, it’s just the way we do business.”
In addition to approving the draft concept, the
Corps’ leaders also approved the task force’s proposed
way forward, which is called Phase Two.
That entails a comprehensive Doctrine, Organization,
Training, Materiel, Leadership & Education, Personnel
and Facilities survey of the Corps’ current IW capabilities so they “can determine where we need to go,”
That assessment will be centered on the Corps’
largest warfighting organization, the MEFs. Westphal
said I MEF commander Lt. Gen. David Berger is looking at what his command needs to operate in the IW
There also will be initiatives in the two other MEFs, at
the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory and close
coordination with similar activities in the other services.
“For us, of course, the Navy is most important,”
Westphal said. That is essential because “it’s part of the
way we’re going to do business in the future, with
Expeditionary Force 21,” the Corps’ capstone operating
concept, he said. And with Neller’s guidance, which
directs “we have to be naval, from the sea and on the sea.
So we have reached out to the Navy to ensure that in their
development of this concept, we are tightly coupled.”
The assessment will consider possible changes in doc-
trine, leadership training, facilities, organization and
whether there are “material solutions we already have
that we could use in different ways,” Westphal said.
On completion of Phase Two, Reynolds said, “we
will make course-of-action recommendations to a
future executive off-site regarding how best to position
the Corps now and in the future to provide required
MAGTF IW integrated capabilities.”
The assessment will include whether she remains the
ADC IW or the role goes to someone else, she said. ;