Marine Corps Operating Concepts; 3d Edition

Background. The third edition of the Marine Corps Operating Concepts (MOC) provides a conceptual guide for current and future force development and operations. Today’s complex security environment is marked by hybrid threats and a myriad of possible futures that requires an adaptable and forward deployed, multi-capable force like the Corps. You can download the full MOC text at


The key to the direction of this newest anthology is to understand the Corps’ efforts in the following areas:

  1. Strategic Concept of the Corps. The 21st century Corps provides the Nation with the capability to execute two core missions: assuring littoral access and winning highly complex and difficult multifaceted operations that are often described as “small wars.”

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