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MCDP 1: WARFIGHTING - USMC DOCTRINAL MANUAL

MCDP 1: WARFIGHTING - USMC DOCTRINAL MANUAL

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DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVYHeadquarters United States Marine CorpsWashington, D.C. 20380-177520 June 1997FOREWORDSince Fleet Marine Force Manual 1,
Warfighting 
, was first published in 1989, it has had a significant impact both insideand outside the Marine Corps. That manual has changed theway Marines think about warfare. It has caused energeticdebate and has been translated into several foreign languages,issued by foreign militaries, and published commercially. It hasstrongly influenced the development of doctrine by our sister Services. Our current naval doctrine is based on the tenets of maneuver warfare as described in that publication. Currentand emerging concepts such as operational maneuver from thesea derive their doctrinal foundation from the philosophycontained in
Warfighting 
. Our philosophy of warfighting, asdescribed in the manual, is in consonance with joint doctrine,contributing to our ability to operate harmoniously with theother Services.That said, I believe
Warfighting
can and should be improved.Military doctrine cannot be allowed to stagnate, especially anadaptive doctrine like maneuver warfare. Doctrine mustcontinue to evolve based on growing experience, advancements
 
in theory, and the changing face of war itself. It is in this spiritthat
Warfighting 
 has been revised, and this publication, MarineCorps Doctrinal Publication 1, supersedes Fleet Marine ForceManual 1. I have several goals for this revision. One goal is toenhance the description of the nature of war—for example, toemphasize war’s complexity and unpredictability and to widenthe definition of war to account for modern conflict’sexpanding forms. Another goal is to clarify the descriptions of styles of warfare. A third goal is to clarify and refine importantmaneuver warfare concepts such as commander’s intent, maineffort, and critical vulnerability. It is my intent to do this whileretaining the spirit, style, and essential message of the original.Very simply, this publication describes the philosophy whichdistinguishes the U.S. Marine Corps. The thoughts containedhere are not merely guidance for action in combat but a way of thinking. This publication provides the authoritative basis for how we fight and how we prepare to fight. This book containsno specific techniques or procedures for conduct. Rather, it provides broad guidance in the form of concepts and values. Itrequires judgment in application.
Warfighting 
 is not meant as a reference manual; it is designedto be read from cover to cover. Its four chapters have a natural progression. Chapter 1 describes our understanding of thecharacteristics, problems, and demands of war. Chapter 2derives a theory about war from that understanding. Thistheory in turn provides the foundation for how we prepare for war and how we wage war, chapters 3 and 4, respectively.

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