Conventional Warfare: Still Relevant
Contemporary issues paper
MARINE CORPS UNIV QUANTICO VA
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Traditionally, the Marine Corps has been trained and equipped to conduct operations in a conventional warfare environment however, current irregular warfare operations have dominated Marine Corps training since the outbreak of Operation Enduring Freedom. In fact, the First Marine Expeditionary Force has not conducted a full-scale combined arms exercise since Fiscal Year 02. While the Marine Corps has demonstrated the ability to adapt and thrive in the current irregular environments of Iraq and Afghanistan, conventional warfare training has essentially been removed from current training exercises. Yet, the likelihood of a future conventional war is likely imminent. Based on current global circumstances, the Marine Corps should re-focus a portion of training away from current unconventional warfare tactics to conventional warfare tactics due to enemies who pose conventional threats are actively increasing their capabilities, threatening allies, and befriending known enemies of the United States.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics