Accession Number:

ADA357073

Title:

The United States Marine Corps: Going back to go Forward.

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.,

Corporate Author:

NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1998-04-16

Pagination or Media Count:

19.0

Abstract:

The changing world security environment has posed numerous challenges to the U.S. since the end of the cold war. It is still trying to figure out how to change the military to become an effective instrument in the new world situation. The Marine Corps position in the new requirements for the U.S. Defense Department is especially challenging. During the cold war no one questioned the duplication of roles and missions which were built into U.S. war planning and ultimately into the Marine Corps organization. The ability to conduct large scale land and air campaigns arose out of this situation. To meet todays challenges of downsizing and fewer resources, the Marine Corps must adapt. To do this all it has to do is look to the past. A rebirth in MEB size amphibious capability must be accomplished. Shedding numerous platforms that duplicate other service capabilities and missions is a must. Fighter aircraft, tanks, and extraneous aviation command and control can readily be jettisoned. Organization and training must be reoriented to focus on amphibious operations rather than land and air campaigns separate from amphibious operations. Supporting structure should also be reduced, consolidated and funneled into the fighting forces. By focusing on its specialty, amphibious operations, the Marine Corps can be a critical and much needed tool of the national security strategy in the uncertain future.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE