Force Design


Force Design in the Pacific

U.S. Marines across the Indo-Pacific are ever evolving their weapons, tactics, and equipment to better meet the mission in line with Force Design.


Infantry Battalion of 2024

Marine Corps infantry battalions have undergone changes resulting from years of experimentation from Force Design modernization efforts.


Force Design in the Pacific

U.S. Marines across the Indo-Pacific are ever evolving their weapons, tactics, and equipment to better meet the mission in line with Force Design.


Project Convergence

U.S. Marines participated in Project Convergence Capstone-4 at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Feb. 23-March 5, 2024.


Force Design in the Pacific

U.S. Marines across the Indo-Pacific are ever evolving their weapons, tactics, and equipment to better meet the mission in line with Force Design.


12th MLR Redesignation

12th MLR is designed to deploy on short notice, persist inside an engagement area, and degrade an adversary's decision-making ability.


MRF-SEA: Stand in Forces

MRF-SEA is an operational model that involves exchanges with subject matter experts and promotes security goals with Allies and partners.


Force Design Integration Exercise

Pacific Marines conduct operations during Force Design Integration Exercise (FDIE) on Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Sept. 25, 2023.


Balikatan 23 | Partnership

Balikatan is an annual exercise between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and U.S. military designed to strengthen bilateral interoperability.


Force Design Annual Update

The Force Design Annual Update 2023 outlines the Marine Corps’ continued modernization and provides a framework for priorities moving forward.


The Future of USMC Logistics

We can expect to be contested by future adversaries on the battlefield all the way to our industrial base - to sustain our forces on the front lines,...


Marine Corps Ship Requirements

Our maritime mobility is critically important now, and even more so in the future.


Marine Air-Ground Task Force

The 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit serves as one of the Nation's premier crisis response forces capable of conducting a variety of operations.


Enhancing Maritime Awareness

Marines from Task Force 61/2 conduct reconnaissance and counter-reconnaissance in Estonia, operating as a stand-in force.


The Future is Here

3d Marine Littoral Regiment conducted its inaugural deployment to the Western Pacific in support of exercise Balikatan 22, March 28 – April 8, 2022.


The work of redesigning the Marine Corps is threat informed, concept based, and accountable to a campaign of learning. Strategic guidance calls for a Marine Corps able to survive and thrive inside contested spaces. Developed concepts are tested through experimentation and wargaming. Integrated planning teams study and analyze the concepts for validation and refinement.


We must transform the Marine Corps into a more agile, efficient, and technologically advanced force to meet the challenges of the future. By prioritizing stand-in forces, littoral operations, modernization, force sizing and composition, training, and international cooperation, the Marine Corps will be better equipped to deter and defeat potential adversaries and maintain its status as a premier fighting force.


We continue to analyze the lessons learned testing the concepts and technologies of Force Design during exercises such as Expeditionary Warrior, Maltese Dragon, Steel Knight, and Infantry Battalion Exercise 30 and through the recent deployment of Task Force 61/2.

Programs of Record

The following provides information on Marine Corps programs of record and major end-item equipment, which will ensure that current and future Marines have what they need to accomplish the mission.



Featured News

April 17, 2024

Corvus Dawn: Innovation in the Indo-Pacific

Focused on strengthening the operational ability of 3rd Radio Battalion (RADBN), exercise Corvus Dawn 24 sharpened the unit's capacity to deliver technical information-related capabilities to III MEF...

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April 15, 2024

Building the eye in the sky

Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Training Squadron 2, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, began the assembly of 2nd MAW’s first MQ-9A Reaper, April 10, as part of the U.S. Marine Corps’ continued transition from...

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February 23, 2024

3d MLR| At the Forefront of Marine Corps Innovation

With modernization and pacing threats challenging the Marine Corps to improve in new ways, 3d Marine Littoral Regiment remains at the forefront of innovation...

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January 7, 2024

MAGTF Stand-In Force Exercise Empowers Small-Unit Leaders, Increases Readiness in the Indo-Pacific

From Nov. 15 through Dec. 15. 2023, the Marines of 3d Marine Division demonstrated their tactical proficiency and readiness while conducting Stand-in Force Operations in the first island chain during...

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December 18, 2023

MAGTF Stand-In Force Exercise Empowers Small-Unit Leaders

The Marines of 3d Marine Division demonstrated their tactical proficiency and readiness while conducting Stand-in Force Operations in the first island chain during the Marine Air-Ground Task Force...

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December 15, 2023


From Dec. 1–8, 2023, Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 36 deployed 160 Marines to Camp Hansen to rehearse and refine Aviation Logistics Stand-In-Force standard operating procedures in support of...

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December 11, 2023

Steel Knight 23.2

U.S. Marines with Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, demonstrated their proficiency and flexibility during a simulated embassy reinforcement Nov. 29 as part of...

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October 23, 2023

3d MLR Paves the Way with Force Design Capabilities

In March of 2022, a redesignation ceremony presided over by Commanding Officer Col. Timothy S. Brady, Jr., on Marine Corps Base Hawaii marked the transition of 3d Marines, a traditional infantry...

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August 24, 2023

Force Design 2030: Acquisition for the Future Battlefield

The 2018 National Defense Strategy warns that U.S. adversaries are actively challenging the long-standing rules-based international order, thus “creating a security environment more complex and...

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July 26, 2023

3d MLR demonstrates Fight Now capabilities at MASA 23

3d Marine Littoral Regiment demonstrated its unique ability to get to the future fight and establish a forward presence during Marine Aviation Support Activity 23. In a matter of days, the inaugural...

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April 26, 2023

13th MEU Conducts Sensing Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations

What does the future fight with a peer adversary look like? This question has been long deliberated by warfighting strategists with varying predictions, but one factor remains constant; to be...

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April 17, 2023

2nd Battalion, 7th Marines Tests Scout Platoon Capabilities for IBX-30

Marines with 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, participated in a scout platoon mobile training team event at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California,...

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April 11, 2023

Tactical Resupply Unmanned Aircraft System Demonstration

Marine Corps Combat Development and Integration recently demonstrated an innovative method to transport combat supplies with the Tactical Resupply Unmanned Aircraft System at the semi-annual...

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March 22, 2023

1st Marine Division Enhances Lethality and Versatility with Innovative Infantry Training

1st Marine Division units conducted a series of training events in recent weeks to increase small unit lethality and versatility, with an emphasis on innovative weapon systems, warfighting concepts,...

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March 15, 2023

Marine Littoral Regiment concludes historic exercise, set to join Stand-in Forces: ‘From this point forward, we are integrating them into our operations’

MLR-TE marked the first field training exercise featuring a MLR with all of its subordinate battalions integrated into a Marine Air-Ground Task Force operating as a Stand-in-Force. The 3rd Marine...

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March 6, 2023

SLTE 2-23 lays the foundation for future force development with addition of "Mad Max” exercise

Marine Air Ground Task Force Training Command began the MAGTF Distributed Maneuver Exercise Feb. 13, 2023, with the 7th Marine Regiment leading the exercise at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center,...

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March 3, 2023

2d MARDIV’s Efforts to Support Talent Management 2030

In November 2021, the United States Marine Corps published Talent Management 2030 by U.S. Marine Corps General David H. Berger, commandant of the Marine Corps. The report outlined a way forward in...

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December 22, 2022

Fielding the Radios of the Future with MARCORSYSCOM

As recent developments in distant battlefields have shown, successful military operations rely on resilient communication architectures capable of closing kill chains in austere environments. In order...

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November 4, 2022

Preparing for future battlefields: MARCORSYSCOM drives Marine Corps Enterprise Network modernization efforts

Marine Corps Systems Command recently launched the Technical Management and Analysis Directorate – or TMAD – in a drive to modernize the Marine Corps Enterprise Network, or MCEN. The MCEN is an...

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October 6, 2022

Maltese Dragon: A new island-hopping campaign for Marine logisticians

Marine Corps Logistics Operations Group, Marine Air Ground Task Force Training Command, hosted Exercise Maltese Dragon from Aug. 15 to Aug. 26, 2022 at MCAGCC. Maltese Dragon was designed by the...

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