White Letter of 07-27-91


C4I2 27 Jul 91


From: Commandant of the Marine Corps
To: All General Officers
All Commanding Officers
All Officers in Charge
All Senior Marine Officers


1. When I established the USMC Intelligence Center almost four years ago, I had a clear vision of the need for a Service intelligence center and the functions it would perform. Events n Southwest Asia, as well as other Marine Corps contingency deployments, have validated and further clarified my views. I consider the issue of intelligence support to Marine Corps decision-makers and combat commanders sufficiently critical to reiterate the value of the Center as I leave this office.

2. The USMC Intelligence Center is the institutional vehicle by which our Service exploits and augments existing defense intelligence capabilities in order to obtain the all-source tailored intelligence required to make sound decisions about our force structure for the future. In an era of diminishing resources and increasing requirements we must ensure that we ably articulate the unique requirements and capabilities of our Service and improve our participation within the defense intelligence community.

a. The Center supports our Fleet Marine Force commanders and their staffs with strategic and theater-level campaign planning intelligence tailored to their planning needs and distinct from current and tactical/operational intelligence provided by the Joint Intelligence Centers. The Center can also provide direct support to the smallest Marine Air Ground Task Force or Mobile Training Team and can where necessary augment theater Joint Intelligence Centers by providing on-going support to Fleet Marine Force commanders and their staffs.

b. The Center provides direct intelligence support to the Marine Corps Combat Development Command (MCCDC) and the Marine Corps Research, Development, and Acquisition Command (MCRDAC) in relation to their responsibilities for the Concepts-Based Requirements System.

c. The Center provides direct support to the Commandant and his staff in the form of tailored intelligence to support decision-making at the Service level.


d. The Center has the flexibility and an increasingly robust capability to respond to any other Service-unique requirements for intelligence which cannot be met by other elements of the defense intelligence community.

e. The Center has already begun to make a direct contribution to the broader defense intelligence community by developing specific and substantive products and models pertinent to expeditionary operations in the Third World. By serving as an advocate for intelligence collection and production needs of those planning, programming, and operating forces in low intensity conflict environments, the Center is filling a gap in defense intelligence capabilities.

3. I believe the existing defense intelligence collection and production process does not fully satisfy Marine Corps needs, and we cannot impact on that process, or the larger defense force structure program, without a fully operational USMC Intelligence Center that is thoroughly integrated into our own Service and Fleet Marine Force planning and programming process. Through the Center we can better exploit defense intelligence capabilities and obtain tailored intelligence meeting our Service requirements.

4. Consistent with the intelligence reorganizations and consolidations taking place within the other services, and to ensure a strong and equal voice for the Marine Corps within the defense intelligence community, I am assigning the Assistant Chief of Staff for Command, Control, Communications, Computer, Intelligence, and Interoperability, in his capacity as the
Director of Intelligence, my Senior Intelligence Officer, the additional duty of Director, USMC Intelligence Center. The Center will be a tenant activity at Quantico, fully integrated
into day-to-day operations of the Marine Corps Combat Development Command and the Marine Corps Research, Development, and Acquisition Command. This assignment will facilitate cross-service, cross-theater intelligence analysis under Marine Corps auspices.

5. I urge each of you to visit the Center, gain an understanding of its capabilities, and return to your command or parent activity prepared to task and exploit this precious Service
asset. In a time of radical change, change we cannot control, a Service-level intelligence facility dedicated to our needs is an essential element of the Marine Corps of the l99O's. We have made a substantial investment. Use it!