MCDP 1, MARINE CORPS DOCTRINAL PUBLICATION: WARFIGHTING, FLEET MARINE FORCE MANUAL 1 (20 JUN 1997)
MCDP 1, MARINE CORPS DOCTRINAL PUBLICATION: WARFIGHTING, FLEET MARINE FORCE MANUAL 1 (20 JUN 1997)., Eight years ago the Marine Corps published the first
edition of Warfighting. Our intent was to describe my
philosophy on warfighting, establish it as Marine Corps
doctrine, and present it in an easy-to-read format. In the
foreword to that manual, I charged every officer to read
and reread the text, to understand it, and to take its
message to heart. We have succeeded. Warfighting has
stimulated discussion and debate from classrooms to
wardrooms, training areas to combat zones. The
philosophy contained in this publication has influenced
our approach to every task we have undertaken.
Fleet Marine Force Manual 1 stated, “War is both
timeless and ever changing. While the basic nature of war
is constant, the means and methods we use evolve
continuously.” Like war itself, our approach to
warfighting must evolve. If we cease to refine, expand,
and improve our profession, we risk becoming outdated,
stagnant, and defeated. Marine Corps Doctrinal Publication 1 refines and expands our philosophy on
warfighting, taking into account new thinking about the
nature of war and the understanding gained through
participation in extensive operations over the past decade.
Read it, study it, take it to heart.