The U.S. Marines Retool, With China in Mind

A U.S. Marines’ gunner mans a turret in an amphibious assault vehicle during a U.S.-Thai joint military exercise on Hat Yao beach, Thailand, Feb. 16, 2019 (AP photo by Sakchai Lalit).
A U.S. Marines’ gunner mans a turret in an amphibious assault vehicle during a U.S.-Thai joint military exercise on Hat Yao beach, Thailand, Feb. 16, 2019 (AP photo by Sakchai Lalit).
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When Gen. David H. Berger took over as commandant of the United State Marine Corps last summer, he proposed a radical restructuring of the 244-year-old force. His plan, details of which were announced last week, calls for pivoting away from fighting protracted conflicts in the Middle East in order to bring the Marines in line with the Trump administration’s National Defense Strategy, which focuses on great power competition with Russia and China. In this case, the emphasis is on China. The Marines are reinventing themselves as a naval expeditionary force focused on countering Beijing’s rising military prowess in the Asia-Pacific […]

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