The Marine Corps Logistics Operations Group, Marine Air Ground Task Force Training Command, hosted Exercise Maltese Dragon August 15-26, 2022 at MCAGCC. Maltese Dragon was designed by the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory to inform the concept of expeditionary forward base operations and examine the capabilities, capabilities, authorities and responsibilities assigned to Marine Logistics Support Group – Okinawa, from campaign to war. early phase maneuver during the conflict with a peer adversary.
Under Commander Force Planning and Design Guidance 2030, the Marine Corps is reshaping its force to respond to future conflict in the Indo-Pacific area of responsibility. EABO is a form of expeditionary warfare that allows the employment and sustainment of replacement forces from a contested maritime domain to intentionally disrupt the adversary’s plans.
Replacement force mobility more easily places Marines in high-risk areas. These small mobile teams of Marines will face the challenge of reduced logistical support in these austere environments. This challenge requires an innovative look at how to reduce logistical requirements, ultimately minimizing electronic signing in a contested environment – which increases survivability.
Gen. David Berger, Commandant of the Marine Corps, states in his planning guidance, “Logistics capabilities must be organized to enable and sustain the reserve force while maintaining appropriate capabilities to meet global crises and contingencies. mechanisms we use to support the reserve forces must remain applicable in times of competition, crisis and conflict.
Exercise Maltese Dragon provided a critical data point in the larger Logistics Experimentation Campaign Plan, a coordinated effort to optimize Marine Corps logistics infrastructure in support of Commandant Marine Corps planning guidance. Marines (CMC).
“Maltese Dragon discusses how MLSG – OKI command and control can facilitate sustainment, leveraging the operationalization of Okinawa facilities to support forward deployed forces in the first island chain.” Lieutenant-Colonel Justin Hooker, commander of the 3rd Landing Support Battalion
“The scattering of these people across all these island chains is going to make a logistician’s job very difficult,” said Lt. Col. Karl Eisenmann, exercise officer, MCLOG, Marine Air Ground Task Force Training Command. “We have to change our mindset and figure out how to operate differently to be successful.”
During the exercise, the Marines focused on merging tactical logistics facilities and capabilities in the Pacific.
“The exercise is designed to ensure that the logistical and installation arrangements are aligned as efficiently as possible,” said Col. David Banning, commanding officer of Headquarters and Service Battalion, Marine Corps Installations Pacific.
To do that, we look at a number of different scenarios and then determine how different staff and response cells would react given those scenarios to determine if we have that alignment, Banning said. It is about moving from competition to crisis; what we should do at each stage of this escalation.
“This war game was a tremendous success due to the investment of time and effort by personnel from across the fleet and the supporting establishment,” said Force Design Planner Major Brian Geisen. , LCEID, CD&I. “Our increased understanding of the concept of Expeditionary Forward Base Operations allows us to refine and continue experimentation as directed by the commander.”
MCLOG provides advanced individual training to Marine Logisticians, provides collective training to Logistics personnel, and performs directed training and education support functions to train and educate well-rounded MAGTF Logisticians who are adaptive, critical thinkers and planners able to integrate logistics in support of current and future expeditionary operations.
Maltese Dragon II is already scheduled for release in 2023 and seeks to build on the success of this wargame.