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Expeditionary maneuver warfare (EMW) is the current concept that guides how the United States Marine Corps organizes, deploys and employs its forces. Utilizing maneuver warfare and the Marine Corps' expeditionary heritage, EMW emphasizes strategically agile and tactically flexible Marine Air Ground Task Forces with the capability to project power against critical points in the littorals and beyond.

EMW was designed to fit the United States Navy's "Sea Basing" concept as outlined in the 'Sea Power 21 vision. This concept has influenced Marine Corps equipment procurement in recent years, leading to the purchase of the MV-22 Osprey, Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle, F-35 Lightning II and the M777 Lightweight Howitzer.

Two areas of current concern are not overburdening the maneuver force with too much supplies (or worse, having them run out) and timely medical evacuation.[1]

Supporting operational conceptsEdit

  • Ship-to-objective maneuver (STOM)
  • Enhanced networked sea basing
  • Sustained operations ashore
  • Other expeditionary operations

See alsoEdit


  1. "Marine Corps Struggles With Sea-Based Supply Lines."

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