Colonel S.F. Benedict, USMC
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SPMAGTF-CR is a Marine Air-Ground Task Force
Each MAGTF has four
& Crisis Response
Swiftly Defeat the
MAGTFs are scalable and/or tailored combined-arms Task Forces for any contingency
Mission is Crisis Response
SPMAGTF-CR is one of the forwarddeployed crisis response options
the U.S. Marine Corps offers
• Along with the ARG/MEU, FAST, BSRF,
SPMAGTF-AF and other episodic
rotational forces, as well as MSAU
To differentiate between similar
capabilities of forward deployed
USMC CR forces it is useful to
think in the following terms:
Permissive to Uncertain and NO
vertical lift required: MSAU, FAST,
Permissive to Uncertain and vertical
lift required: SPMAGTF-CR, ARG/MEU
Hostile: ARG/MEU, MEB
Trained and certified to a range of capabilities including: Embassy reinforcement, Tactical
Recovery of Aircraft and Personnel (TRAP), Support to non-combatant evacuation operations
(NEO), and Theater Security Cooperation (TSC)
Also capable of being the lead element to a larger fly-in echelon (MEU/ MEB/ JTF)
SPMAGTF-CR provides a self command
and controlled, self deployable, and
highly mobile maritime force that helps
mitigate the gap in the Mediterranean
or Gulf of Guinea left by the absence of
the MEU due to a lack of amphibious
It is considered a Rapid Response Force
CR does not replace an ARG/MEU and
lacks the combat power, medical, and
logistical sustainment an ARG/MEU
provides. However, it complements
ARG/MEU capabilities at the lower end
of the ROMO.
SPMAGTF-CR’s marriage of the V-22 and KC-130J organic
airlift and small task organized ground combat elements
combine to create an extremely agile force
SPMAGTF-CR fills a critical deterrent / force of choice role due to its high mobility,
self deploy capability, ability to self sustain, and vertical lift capability – unique
among crisis response forces in theaters where no ARG/MEU is available
Operating Area Time / Space
•It is approximately the same flight time from Moron to Gulf of Guinea as a TRANSLANT
from Camp Lejeune NC to Moron Spain.
•It is approximately the same flight time from Moron Spain to Camp Lemmonier Djibouti
as a flight from Anchorage to Miami. Entebbe is 800 NM further.
•It is approximately the same flight
time from Moron to NASSIG as a
flight from New York to New Orleans.
•The continent of Africa can fit 3.7
times the contiguous land mass of
the United States within its shores
Directed to forward stage
in NASSIG three times ISO
North African unrest
Conducted Multiple Bi-lateral
Training Events and Exercises in
Spain and France
Conducted Marine Integration
Exercises and Rehearsals
Flew 1570 NM to Senegal ISO TSC
event and Engagement
Partner Nations, High
Risk Embassies, and
Deployed 3400 NM to Djibouti
Djibouti and additional to
and additional 800 NM 800
NM to Uganda ISO South
Uganda ISO South Sudan
Sudan unrest and US
unrest and partial partial US
New Normal Implementation
Whole of government strategy
DoS commitment to early identification of
Increased DoD commitment as a stakeholder
in USG facility and personnel security abroad
Implementation of Trip Wires and security coordination
Prevent, Deter, Defeat by offering an array of security
AFRICOM TTX Aug13
New Normal Is….
New Normal Is Not….
• Focus on Deterrence
• Host Nation Training
• Scalable / Tailor-able
• Chief of Mission
A Forcible Entry
Only a Kinetic
Lessons Learned from South Sudan EMB JUBA
During NN crisis, need to determine what the US
government’s endstate is, and then:
How is the endstate reached?
Who will determine when endstate is being met?
How much risk are we willing to take to reach the
Who determines the limits of risk (DoD, DoS) we are
willing to take to reach the endstate?
What are the limits of the resources (DoD, DoS, IC,
etc.) we are willing to use to reach that endstate and
or to mitigate risk?
Who will determine those resource limits?
Within NN construct, as conditions normalize, we must be as aggressive reconstituting rapid response
forces as we were deploying them or we will end up with our highest capabilities tied down indefinitely
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