The United States Marine Corps: The 911 Force in the Post-9/11 World
AIR WAR COLL MAXWELL AFB AL
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Today, the Marine Corps is torn between the missions it must perform to address the largely irregular threats that dominate the 21st Century security environment and the missions it must, by law, prepare for against potential yet unlikely near peer conventional threats. This paper intends to challenge the relevancy of the Marine Corpss current Title 10, United States Code, roles and missions by showing that this tasking finds its roots in the pre-World War Two security environment and has little application to the 21st Century security environment. Additionally, by examining todays and tomorrows threat environment, this paper also contends that the Marine Corps, as the Nations naval force in readiness, is the service best suited to address the largely irregular threats that will pose the greatest challenges to American national security interests. Finally, several recommendations are offered on how the Marine Corps can better organize, train, and equip to address the 21st Century security environment.
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