The U.S. Marine Corps has activated a warfighting function tasked with coordinating and integrating information management capabilities across the Fleet Marine Force.
USMC said Tuesday the Marine Corps Information Command is a two-star command that will unify the Marine Corps Information Operations Center, the Marine Corps Cryptologic office and the Marine Corps Cryptologic Support Battalion under a single commanding officer.
The unit will be commanded by Maj. Gen. Ryan Heritage, who also heads U.S. Marine Corps Forces Cyberspace and U.S. Marine Corps Forces Space Command. It is the seventh warfighting arm based on the service’s tenets to be established within the USMC.
“A single commander who can leverage the authorities and approvals needed to synchronize global cyber, space, influence, and intelligence effects creates unity of support for the FMF and generates information advantages in support of commander’s objectives,” Heritage remarked.
Lt. Gen. Brian Cavanaugh, commanding general of Marine Corps Forces Command, said the new unit’s activation will enable the joint force to meet national security goals and objectives.