Defining The Marine Corps’ Strategic Concept
As the Nation begins its reevaluation of our national security interests and seeks ways to downsize the military’s budget, it would be wise to consider the complementary role naval forces, particularly amphibious forces, play in the future. The Secretary of Defense is targeting Marine Corps programs. Unfortunately, with the “combat mission” completed in Iraq and surge in Afghanistan comes the resurgence of inter-Service rivalry, a redefinition of roles and missions, and competing requirements for budget dollars.
Historically, the Navy and Marine Corps’ contribution to national defense has been characterized by our readiness, sustainment, and forward-deployed carrier and naval amphibious task forces with Marine air-ground task forces (MAGTFs) embarked. The naval contribution to the Gulf War, Somalia humanitarian mission, the Iraqi War, Afghanistan War, Haitian, and Pakistani relief mission, epitomizes the Navy and Marine’s historical contributions to our national defense. Even today this is still not been fully recognized. And we have lost sight of the fact we are indeed are a maritime Nation. It is time this contribution is re-emphasized, put in perspective, and acknowledged for its foundation for the future.