In 2017, the U.S. Marine Corps published “Change 1” to Marine Corps Doctrinal Publication (MCDP) 1-0, Marine Corps Operations to capture post-9/11, evolutionary aspects of operational diversity, force capabilities and organization, and the employment of military power amid contemporary national strategy and the current security era. Change 1 to MCDP 1-0 added the following tactical tasks: corrupt, deceive, degrade, deny, and influence. These targeted additions bear remarkable linkage with the central concepts presented by a number of influential military theorists: Carl von Clausewitz’ discourse on friction, John Boyd’s process of deconstruction and creation, and Sun Tzu’s insights into opportunistic exploitation.
Current Marine Corps Doctrine Borrows From History’s Great Military Theorists
By Major David B. Parker, U.S. Marine Corps