The USMC’s commitments to the potential Pacific fight are defined in the tri-service maritime plan, which was just issued. But the text simply makes a passing reference to Naval SOF’s distinctive specific skills and capacity to prepare the operational environment for maritime force entry, with no hard boundaries of action or budget alignment. A plan for USMC-SOF collaboration is essential to boost the USMC’s FD2030 design for GPC. Integration, interdependence, interoperability, and deconfliction between USMC and SOF should all be resolved to assure future operational efficiency, especially in the INDOPACOM AOR. The USMC’s EABO model and the forthcoming operating environment will very certainly necessitate a stronger USMC-SOF I3D during execution.
The Crossroads of Special Operations