MARADMINS : 596/15
R 251355Z NOV 15
MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC WASHINGTON DC CDI//
SUBJ/ESTABLISHMENT OF MARINE CORPS INFORMATION WARFARE TASK FORCE (MCIWTF)//
POC/M. M. WESTPHAL/CIV/CDD, ADC IW/-/TEL: 703-432-8290/EMAIL: MARTIN.WESTPHAL(AT)USMC.MIL//
POC/C. J. EMCH/CIV/CDD, ADC IW/-/TEL: 703-432-8059/EMAIL: CHRISTOPHER.EMCH(AT)USMC.MIL//
POC/S. A. GRAVES/CAPT/CDD, ADC IW/-/TEL: 703-432-8069/EMAIL: SAMANTHA.A.GRAVES(AT)USMC.MIL//
POC/L. J. MCLEAREN/CAPT/CDD, ADC IW/-/TEL: 703-432-8072/EMAIL: LUKE.MCLEAREN(AT)USMC.MIL//
RMKS/1. This message announces the establishment of the Marine Corps Information Warfare Task Force (MCIWTF) to accomplish several tasks related to the formalization of Information Warfare (IW) within the Marine Corps. The Commandant of the Marine Corps established an Assistant Deputy Commandant for Information Warfare (ADC IW) to lead development and integration of Marine Corps IW capabilities, and subsequently, appointed the ADC IW as the lead for the MCIWTF. The MCIWTF will continuously assess the current situation and recommend additional tasks.
2. Method. MCIWTF will have a standing staff located at Combat Development and Integration (CDI) in the General Raymond G. Davis Center, 3300 Russell Road, Quantico, Virginia 22134. Tasks outlined by the ADC IW will be executed via MCIWTF lead planners and planners from key stakeholders. The IW Executive Steering Committee (ESC) will make recommendations to ADC IW regarding MCIWTF tasks and execution to improve strategy and plans.
3. MCIWTF Tasks
a. Create an IW warfighting case study through the use of multiple vignettes, experimentation, and wargaming in order to develop lines of operation and lines of effort, establish cross-cutting path activities, and identify IW gaps.
b. Conduct problem framing and mission analysis of an IW enabled future Marine air-ground task force (MAGTF).
c. Examine current capabilities to identify partial solutions to the identified gaps. Solutions may require repurposing and organizing existent capabilities and military occupational skill sets to provide emergent IW functional capability.
d. Recommend capabilities required by the MAGTF Commander to successfully operate within the information environment (IE) to sense, respond, adapt, and command and control his forces while manipulating the enemy’s situational awareness and denying him the ability to command and control his forces.
e. Conduct a doctrine, organization, training, materiel, leadership and education, personnel, facilities and policy (DOTMLPF-P) assessment utilizing the Warfighting Challenges and Campaign of Learning to identify remaining gaps and input recommendations to the force development process.
f. Develop a conceptual and organizational construct for operating forces and supporting establishment to enable integration of IW capabilities supporting fusion of effects for the MAGTF and IW organizational options and potential courses of action. Coordinate and synchronize efforts with Future Force Structure Review.
g. Develop IW campaign plan in accordance with the approved IW vision and concept nested with the Marine Corps’ capstone concept Expeditionary Force 21 as well as other existing concepts, plans, and strategies which impact operations in the IE.
4. Participation. Request the following organizations identify personnel to participate as members of the MCIWTF. Provide name, grade, billet assignment, and contact information to message points of contact via email NLT 30 Nov 15.
a. DC CDI
b. DC AVN
c. DC IL
d. DC MRA
e. DC PPO
f. DC PR
g. DIR C4
u. CG I MEF
v. CG II MEF
w. CG III MEF
5. Subject matter experts. Request commanders provide subject matter experts of various skill sets to include information operations, cyberspace, communications, and intelligence.
a. Clearance. Product development will be held at the secret level. All personnel traveling to the General Davis Center must submit a visitor request to the DC CDI security manager, Tel: 703-784-6265. Security Management Office code is M30000. Ensure the subject line states “IW Task Force”.
b. Funding. Funding is the responsibility of the member’s parent command. Government billeting (On limited basis) and messing are available.
c. Billeting. The MCB Quantico government billeting is located at the Crossroads Inn (703-630-4444) or Liversedge Hall (703-784-3149).
d. Transportation. The servicing airports for the Quantico area are Dulles International (IAD), Baltimore Washington International (BWI), Richmond International (RIC), and Reagan National (DCA).
6. Plan of Action and Milestones.
a. Nov 30: Nominations due
b. Dec 1: Activate MCIWTF
c. Dec 2-4: MCIWTF kick-off
d. Dec 7-11: MCIWTF product development
e. Dec 9: IW ESC meeting
f. Dec 14-18: MCIWTF product refinement
g. Dec 16: GO CEAB
h. Dec 17: Draft vignettes due to IW ESC
i. Dec 22: IW ESC meeting
j. Dec 23: EOS pre-brief due to DC CDI
k. Jan 12-14: EOS
Note: All dates are tentative. Calendar invites will be sent upon finalization of the schedule. Detailed schedule will be provided to assigned MCIWTF members.
7. Coordinating instructions
a. To streamline resources and unify IW efforts, all working groups developing solutions that address operations in the IE will provide products and integrate their efforts under the direction of the MCIWTF. Any HQMC-led IW-related working groups will be coordinated with the MCIWTF.
b. All update briefs will be available via secure video teleconference.
c. Defense Collaboration Services will be available to participants unable to travel to the Quantico area.
d. Participants will be granted access to the MCIWTF portal.
(1) NIPRNet portal: Https:(slash)(slash)mccdc.portal.usmc.mil/org/dcciw/workinggroups/sitepages/mciwtf.aspx.
(2) SIPRNet portal is in development.
8. Points of contact:
a. Mr. M. M. Westphal: DEPUTY ADC IW
b. Mr. C. J. Emch: ADC IW AO
c. Capt S. A. Graves: ADC IW AO
d. Capt L. J. McLearen: ADC IW AO
9. Release authorized by Lieutenant General Robert S. Walsh, Deputy Commandant for Combat Development and Integration.//