The Enduring Mission of the Marine Corps Military Transition
EWS contemporary issue paper
MARINE CORPS COMMAND AND STAFF COLL QUANTICO VA
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In the early 1960s President John F. Kennedy came to the conclusion that warfare in the nuclear age, and specifically against the expansion of communism, would require a new type of warrior with new capabilities that would be a permanent fixture within the United States military. With this insight, President Kennedy emphasized expanding U.S. capabilities to counter Wars of National Liberation, thus creating the United States Army Special Forces with the deliberate mission of countering communist insurgencies globally through advising and training foreign military and indigenous forces. Today, the Marine Corps faces a similar yet potentially far deadlier enemy than President Kennedy faced against communism, Islamic terrorism and insurgencies. This requires a Marine Corps force to conduct the same mission that US Army Special Forces was created to conduct. It is for this mission within counterinsurgency COIN that the Marine Corps must create a permanent combat advisor program to facilitate the manning, training, and employment of MTTs and combat advisors for future COIN operations.
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