The establishment in 2005 of a Marine component of United
States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) provided the Corps
additional opportunities to contribute to the war on terrorism,
but at considerable cost to mission effectiveness.
Unfortunately, the U.S. Marine Corps’ (USMC) capabilities were
diminished by the creation of that component, the Marine Special
Operations Command (MARSOC). Established to support USSOCOM,
MARSOC will cost the USMC many intelligence professionals, in
addition to force reconnaissance operators and other high demand
The quantity of intelligence officers ordered to
MARSOC will negatively impact the Marine Corps’ conduct of its
missions by establishing a separate intelligence community that
exacerbates manning shortfalls and diminishes the expertise base
of the average intelligence officer.