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The Crossroads of Special Operations

Saturday, April 17, 2021

Closer to the fight: Inside the Corps’ plan to deploy tech experts alongside grunts | Marine Corps Times

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The tip of the spear is not just for grunts anymore.

The Marine Corps’ is setting in motion plans to push Marines trained in cyber operations and electronic warfare into forward-deployed combat units.

For example, sitting on the commandant’s desk awaiting his signature is a plan to alter the traditional 13-man rifle squad by adding a Marine proficient in drone operations and electronic warfare.

In a sign that the Corps is looking to uphold its tradition of “Every Marine a Rifleman” in the era of cyber operations, officials in March issued a statement to shut down a proposal that sought to allow civilians with vital cyber skills to bypass boot camp or The Basic School for officers.

The Marine Corps recently created a cyber career field for the first time.

 And the Corps is quickly ramping up its efforts to integrate cyber operations at the tactical level. For the first time last year, the Marine Forces Cyber ­supported a training exercise in each Marine Expeditionary Force.

Collectively, Marine Corps’ changes in recent months are pushing back on the public’s general perception of cyber and intel operators as Mountain Dew ­drinking basement dwellers who operate far from the front and separately from the Corps combat units.

Source: Closer to the fight: Inside the Corps’ plan to deploy tech experts alongside grunts | Marine Corps Times

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