The U.S. Marine Corps has long prided itself on being the tip of the nation’s spear in combat operations. For 243 years, it has established dominance on the battlefield and created seemingly impossible gaps in enemy defenses. To meet the demands of the recent National Security Strategy and National Defense Strategy, however, the current generation of Marines will have to determine how to maximize rapid advances in technology and systems analysis to help forecast key aspects of future conflict, increase efficiency in the Corps’ processes, and increase their ability to affect an adversary’s decision cycle time.
One process requiring urgent attention is the service’s ability to integrate supply and logistics systems across the naval force and with allies and partners. Given the forecasted increased lethality and speed of future conflicts, this process must be modernized, improved, and standardized to ensure the Corps remains relevant and able to contribute to the future success of naval expeditionary operations.
1. The Supply Management Unit provides requisitioning support between the wholesale and consumer levels of supply within the established Marine Corps supply chain.
2. The DoDAAC is a six-character, alpha-numeric code that uniquely identifies a unit, activity, or organization within the DoD Activity Address Directory. This information is used throughout the federal supply system for identification, requisitioning, shipping, and billing.
3. See Elee Wakim, “Sealift is America’s Achilles Heel in the Age of Great Power Competition,” warontherocks.com.