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Title: Marine Airpower Perspective

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Voice: Airpower is clearly crucial to accomplishing the MAGTF’s tactical objectives—it’s a major part of the dilemma faced by the enemy. Given the criticality of his organic air to his basic warfighting philosophy, a MAGTF commander is not likely to gladly offer sorties for other uses. When joint doctrine was being developed, the issue of control over Marine air generated significant controversy. Today, the primary mission of the Marine air combat element is acknowledged to be support of the MAGTF ground combat element. The MAGTF commander will generally retain OPCON of his organic air. Still, the MAGTF commander recognizes there is one battle and it is the JFC’s. This is a major cultural shift within the Corps since the early formulation of joint doctrine. Marines prefer Marine air, but will gladly utilize any services’ airpower allocated to its use. The MAGTF commander must ensure the JFC understands the impact on the MAGTF if an allocation of Marine air to other priorities affects the MAGTF commander’s ability to accomplish his mission or puts his forces in jeopardy. Policy states the MAGTF commander will make sorties available to the JFC, for tasking through the JFACC, for air defense, long-range interdiction, and long-range reconnaissance. Sorties in excess of MAGTF direct support requirements will also be provided to the JFC for the support of other components of the joint force or the joint force as a whole. Furthermore, nothing in the policy infringes on the authority of the JFC to redirect efforts such as the reapportionment and/or reallocation of any MAGTF TACAIR sorties when it has been determined by the JFC that they are required for higher priority missions.

Link to Joint Publication 0-2 (opens acrobat pdf in new window): Joint Publication 0-2

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