The Marine Corps released a new graphic at the recent Sea Air Space expo that highlighted the way it will respond to future crises around the world.
I picked up a copy of this poster at the Sea-Air-Space exposition last week, where several generals discussed how Expeditionary Force 21 will work. The graphic diagrams a Marine expeditionary brigade that is forward deployed and can be scaled to whatever size needed to respond to various crises.
The first slide shows a crisis breaking out on land, but not too far from the shore. Expeditionary Force 21 points out that most of the world’s population lives near coasts, making it likely that Marines will respond to contingencies in these heavily populated areas.
In the second slide, we see that first responses will likely be handled with a company of about 200 Marines. Read more about how small teams of Marines will responding smarter with new technology here.
The third slide shows how different units in the region can aggregate within 14 days in order to “seize the initiative,” which could be anything from an embassy to an entire beachhead or series of forward operating bases.
Finally, we see how planners envision how Marines in the region can continue growing units up to a heavy MEB level that can conduct a forcible entry within 25 days.
You can read more about how this plan will likely change pre-deployment training for Marines here. And for all the details on Expeditionary Force 21, check out last week’s cover story here: