Lieutenant General Karsten S. Heckl, Deputy Commandant, Combat Development and Integration & Commanding General, Marine Corps Combat Development Command [1]

Deputy Commandant, Combat Development and Integration (DC, CD&I) is the institutional and intellectual epicenter for the evolution of the Marine Corps. CD&I identifies and facilitates the fielding of warfighting capabilities through the development and validation of concepts, identification of capabilities, and the development of solutions. The main focus of CD&I is on the individual Marine whether it is to champion urgent needs from the field, enhance training and education programs, experiment with new tactics and technologies, or to incorporate lessons learned.[2]


The mission of the MCCDC is to oversee and support the development, implementation and maintenance of training and education programs, as well as support the Marine Corps Force Development Systems. The CD&Iā€™s mission is to develop future operational concepts and determine how to organize, train, educate and equip warfighters.[2]


Source: U.S. Marine Corps[2]

Updated by Kristin Stiner, December 2023