The Marine Corps stated in doctrine more than two decades ago that the complexity and uncertainty of war necessitated a more decentralized approach to mission control, along with greater trust in subordinates at the tactical level to achieve the desired result.1 Toward this end, fielding the helmet used by Marine Special Operations Command (MarSOC) to the entire Marine Corps infantry would enable decentralized command and control (C2) at the squad level without incurring the cost and time it would take to develop a new helmet.
1. U.S. Marine Corps, Marine Corps Doctrinal Publication (MCDP) 1-3, Tactics, 1997.
2. U.S. Department of Defense, Director Operational Test & Evaluation, Enhanced Combat Helmet (ECH).
3. Dan T. Canfield, “Creating Comparative Advantage,” Marine Corps Gazette, January 2018.
4. Hope Hedge Seck, “M27s and ‘Head-to-Toe’ Gear Overhaul on the Way for Marine Grunts,” Military.com, 5 January 2018.
5. U.S. Marine Corps, USMC and USSOCOM Concept for Integration, Interdependence, and Interoperability (I3), 2017.