Gen. David Berger, 38th commandant of the Marine Corps, signed Marine Corps Doctrinal Publication 8, Information Publishing New Corps Doctrine, June 29, 2022.
The release of CMHR 8, Information marks the establishment of the first core service doctrine to describe the purpose and mechanics of the Marine Corps‘ seventh combat function, Information.
The Deputy Commander Information developed the publication in coordination with the Doctrine Branch, Policy and Standards Division, Training and Education Command.
“Information is essential to gaining an advantage in all areas, whether in kinetic actions on the battlefield or in competitive day-to-day operations,” General Berger said. “This is especially critical when our Marines need to sense and make sense of the operating environment in support of the joint force or to exploit opportunities and take action against our adversaries.”
The purpose of CMHR 8, Information is to introduce a conceptual framework for understanding and utilizing the information warfare function in addition to providing Marines with increased flexibility in their operational approaches at all phases of the competition continuum, in all areas of war.
“This is especially critical when our Marines need to sense and make sense of the operating environment in support of the joint force or to exploit opportunities and take action against our adversaries.” Gen. David H. Berger, 38th commandant of the Marine Corps
“MCDP 8, Information is written within the context of Force Design 2030: threat-informed, concept-based, and campaign-lead learning,” said Lt. Gen. Matthew Glavy, deputy commander of information. “To maximize information warfare function, we must make it a component of 21st century combined arms, so that we generate, preserve, deny and project information fully integrated with fire and maneuver.”
CMHR 8, Information comprises four chapters describing; Nature of information, information theory, effective use of information and institutionalization of information.
“Any service or service member, regardless of their information tactical implementation, can apply the basic concepts described in CMHR 8, Information,” said Eric Schaner, senior strategy and policy analyst at Information, Plans and Strategy, DC I. “Our intent is to increase the overall understanding that information is a combat function that can be applied through combined arms and maneuver to support objectives of the commander.
For more information, including the release, see the CMPR 8 information webpage: