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Title: Marine Ethos and Combined Arms

Action: The following quote from MCDP 1 is shown overlaying the cover of MCDP 1:

Combined arms is the full integration of arms in such a way that to counteract one, the enemy must become more vulnerable to another. We pose the enemy not just with a problem, but with a dilemma—a no-win situation.

Voice: An understanding of the concept of combined arms is crucial for understanding how Marines organize and how they view airpower. Combined arms goes beyond having the optimal weapon system at the right time. It is the simultaneous use of weapon systems that complement each other to achieve results the systems cannot obtain independently.

Action: Graphic shows how combined arms fire is used to eliminate an enemy on the tactical level. The graphic then shows the use of combined arms at the MAGTF level with aircraft and ground personnel.

Voice: A tactical level example is the complementary use of the automatic weapon and grenade launcher within a fire team. The automatic weapon pins an enemy down with high-volume, direct fire, making him vulnerable to the grenade launcher. If he moves to escape the grenades, he’s engaged with the automatic weapon. Consider an example at the MAGTF level. Assault support aircraft quickly concentrate superior ground forces for a breakthrough. Close air support and artillery support the infantry penetration, while deep air assets interdict enemy reinforcements that move to contain the penetration. To defend against the infantry attack, the enemy must make himself vulnerable to the supporting arms. If he seeks cover from the supporting arms, the infantry maneuvers against him. To block the penetration, the enemy must reinforce quickly. However, in order to avoid the deep air, he must stay off the roads, which means he can only move slowly. If he moves slowly, he cannot reinforce in time to prevent the breakthrough. The enemy is in a no-win situation.

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