U.S. Marine Corps (Peter Berardi)
“We will make the force ready for today, but also prepared for tomorrow by maintaining the institutional agility necessary to address the range of challenges across steady state, crisis, contingencies and major theater combat operations.”1
Commandant of the Marine Corps, General Robert B. Neller, 19 January 2016
Early in 2016, Marine Commandant General Robert Neller issued “FRAGO 01/2016,” laying out his initial guidance to the Marine Corps. Subtitled “Advance to Contact,” the document updated General Joseph Dunford’s previous planning guidance, focusing on people, readiness, training, naval and joint integration, and modernization. Its stated purpose was to aid the Corps making the pragmatic institutional choices necessary to balance today’s need to “remain forward deployed, at high operational tempo, and in harm’s way” with future readiness requirements against a range of potential and evolving adversaries.