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Commandant: Marines ‘Not Optimized For Great Power Competition’

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The new commandant says the Corps has to start “unshackling ourselves from previous notions of what war looks like and reimagining how Marines will train, how we will operate, and how we will fight.”

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Marines To Roll Out Major Modernization Plan, Heavy On Drones, Fires

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The Marine Corps and Navy are moving past the insurgent wars of the past two decades and readying themselves to play a central role in countering China and Russia.

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Marines Eye Unmanned Systems To Keep F-35s Flying From Remote Bases

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The Navy and Marine Corps are trying to buy new autonomous and unmanned systems more quickly for expeditionary ops, but as one general warned, “if I can’t sustain it, I’m hosed.”

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Sacred Cows Die As Marine Commandant Changes Course On Amphibs

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“It would be illogical to continue to concentrate our forces on a few large ships,” the new USMC Commandant writes in his new guidance, setting decades of planning on its head. So what’s next?

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Marines: FVL Intriguing, BUT CH-53K Is Essential

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


The Marines are hellbent on fielding the troubled CH-53K helicopter to supply the far-flung island outposts they plan on using against China.

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FVL: Army, Marines, SOCOM Release Ambitious Specs For Future Aircraft

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The Army wants a lot out of its Black Hawk replacement, at $43 million apiece — but the Marines and special operators want even more.

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Navy Unveils Record Budget, Pushing Above 300 Ships

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The US Navy now says it’ll reach 355 ships by 2034, while whacking F-35Bs and a carrier from its five-year plan. What’s the strategy?

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Carrier Cutback Plan ‘Mind Boggling’: Sen. Kaine

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Two top congressmen joined Virginia’s Sen. Kaine in rejecting the Pentagon’s proposal to retire the USS Truman two decades early.

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Two LPD Amphibious Ships Cut From 2020 Budget Plan

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Are big, expensive vessels like amphibious ships and carriers too vulnerable in a long-range missile war with Russia or China?

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‘Fight To Get To The Fight:’ Marine Amphibs Under The Gun

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CAPITOL HILL: Threatened by hundreds of precision-guided munitions now in the hands of Russia and China, the Navy and Marine Corps continue to search for technologies and tactics that will allow them to operate close to the coastline without unsustainable losses. “We’re going to need long-range fires that can operate from a ship or from… Keep reading →

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