Marine Corps Warfighting Publication, Rear Area Operations, describes the Marine Corps’ approach to rear area operations.
It provides general doctrinal guidance for the Marine Corps component and the Marine air–ground task force (MAGTF) commander and staff responsible for executing rear area operations.
The principles and planning considerations discussed in this publication are applicable to the Marine Corps component and all MAGTFs and their subordinate commands.
This publication identifies the functions that occur within the rear area, which are integrated within the warfighting functions, to support the conduct of the single battle. It also discusses the command and control of rear area operations from the joint level to individual bases, planning considerations, and the execution of the rear area operations functions.
Detailed in this comprehensive guide:
Chapter 1. The Rear Area
- Protect the Force
- Support the Force
- Joint Doctrine
- Applicable Army Doctrine
- Case Study: Guadalcanal 1942
Chapter 2. Command and Control
- The Joint Rear Area
- Organization of Marine Corps Forces
- Marine Corps Rear Areas
- Base Defense
Chapter 3. Planning
- Marine Corps Planning Process
- Warfighting Functions
- The Operational Planning Team
- Operation Plan and Operation Order
Chapter 4. Execution
- Area Management
- Infrastructure Development
- Host–Nation Support
- Appendix A. Rear Area Operations
- Appendix Format
- Appendix B. Glossary
- Appendix C. References