Advanced Base Problems: 1933-1939
NAVAL WAR COLLEGE NEWPORT RI NEWPORT United States
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Nearly absent in existing historiography, the Marine Corps Schools-Naval War College Advanced Base Problems were one of the pillars of Interwar Period innovation. More than academic drills, they forced the services to perform critical analysis of their ability to practically fight their way across the Pacific by seizing and defending advance bases. The audience was not merely the academic faculties and student bodies at the schools, instead targeting the service chiefs themselves with an intent to directly define the requirements of both services to conduct advanced base operations at a time when no other planning organizations were postured to do so. With senior naval leadership at last in full support, Marine Corps Schools Advanced Base Problem solutions presented to the Naval War College provided the opportunity to convert the rest of the Navys officer corps to see the value of using Marines in support of the fleet. The goals of General John A. Lejeune to realign the Marine Corps in support of the naval fleet bore fruit in large part due to the success of the Advanced Base Problems.
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