Gen. David Berger, commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, signed on Wednesday the service’s new doctrine focused on the information warfighting function.
The document Marine Corps Doctrinal Publication 8, Information seeks to launch a conceptual framework to understand and use information as a warfighting function and provide Marines with more flexibility when it comes to operational approaches in all combat domains, the service said Wednesday.
“Information is key to gaining advantage in all domains, whether during kinetic actions on the battlefield or during day-to-day operations in competition,” said Berger. “It’s especially critical when our Marines need to sense and make sense of the operating environment in support of the joint force or to exploit opportunities and take action against our adversaries.”
Deputy Commandant for Information worked with Doctrine Branch, Policy and Standards Division, Training and Education Command to develop MCDP 8, Information.
“MCDP 8, Information is written within context of Force Design 2030: threat-informed, concept-based and accountable to a campaign of learning,” said Lt. Gen. Matthew Glavy, deputy commandant for information.
“To maximize the information warfighting function we must make it a component of 21st Century Combined Arms—such that we generate, preserve, deny, and project information in full integration with fire and maneuver,” Glavy added.
The publication is composed of four chapters: Nature of Information; Theory of Information; Effective Use of Information; and Institutionalizing Information.