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MDM 2017: New organisational construct for MCSC

20th September 2017 - 11:09 GMT | by Scott Gourley in Quantico, Virginia


Marine Corps Systems Command (MCSC) representatives unveiled a new organisational construct during this week’s Modern Day Marine Exhibition at Quantico Marine Base, Virginia.

‘The task before us is making sure that marines never, ever get into a “fair” fight,’ observed Brig Gen Joe Shrader, MCSC commander. ‘That’s our job.'

‘Our new organisational construct is about three things,' Shrader said. ‘It’s about designing and producing MAGTF [Marine Air Ground Task Force] products. It’s about life cycle management of MAGTF products. And it’s about readiness of MAGTF products. The common underlying theme here is MAGTF products.’

Shrader noted that his predecessor at MCSC had often observed: ‘Why a Marine Corps Systems Command?’

‘I think the answer to that is pretty obvious,’ Shrader responded. ‘It’s because we produce MAGTF products. And no other organisation in [DoD] produces MAGTF products.’

Shrader acknowledged that ‘the old organisation’ for MCSC did not reflect the MAGTF, but rather showed ‘stovepipes’ and ‘domains.'

Under the new structure, which supports the Marine Operational Concept, MCSC has been organised around the MAGTF, specifically, into four portfolios reflective of MAGTF elements: Ground Combat Element Systems; Logistics Combat Element Systems; Command Element Systems; and Supporting Establishment Systems.

Each of the four portfolio managers now has three program management offices. In the case of Ground Combat Element Systems, for example, the subordinate program offices are Infantry Weapons, Infantry Combat Equipment and Fires.

Specific programme teams are located below the program level offices.

‘We went with portfolios instead of “flattening out” and going straight to [programme managers] because portfolio management is all about trying to achieve a strategic objective through the design, build and management of the products you are producing,’ Shrader said. ‘So the strategic objective is to produce integrated air-to-ground and surface-to-subsurface products.’

Shrader said that he has ‘charged the new portfolio managers and their staffs to get at integration within their element.’

Remaining outside of the portfolio structure is the Marine Corps Tactical Systems Support Activity (MCTSSA), which now has the Amphibious Vehicle Test Branch beneath it, Program Manager for Training Systems (PM TRASYS) and the Program Manager for Light Armored Vehicle (PM LAV).

Shrader also noted the communications and coordination between the new organisational structure and the Program Executive Office for Land Systems, as well as MAGTF aviation assets. 


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