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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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Marines Want Missiles To Sink Ships From Shores, And They Want Them Fast

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“The Army is looking at this too but probably on a different timeline — the Marine Corps wants to get after this pretty quickly.”

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Sea Dragon II: Streamline Marine Logistics For Future War

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


The concepts the Warfighting Lab comes up with aren’t holy writ, but rather a baseline for young Marines to build on, “a point from which to deviate,” said Maj. J.B. Persons, a special projects officer at MCWL. “Give Marines new tools or toys, and they’ll surprise you every time.”

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The Next Pacific War: Lessons From Wake Island For The PLA

Posted by Ben Ho Wan Beng on


China’s increasingly aggressive rise puts the Pacific theater in play in a way it hasn’t been since 1945. In this essay, Singaporean scholar Ben Ho Wan Beng and retired US Marine Gary Lehmann look at what a critical but overlooked World War II battle has to tell us about the potential strengths — and weaknesses — of the Marine Corps’s new concept for waging the next Pacific war. — the editors

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Marine Missile Strategy: Buy Some ASAP, Then Develop With Army

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The Marines want new missiles for multiple missions: attacking enemy aircraft, ships at sea, and ground targets. But getting them on a tight budget will require working closely with the Army and Navy.

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Marines Seek Anti-Ship HIMARS: High Cost, Hard Mission

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


For the first time since December 1941, when Wake Island’s shore gunners sank the invading destroyer Hayate, Marine Corps artillery wants to kill ships. That could be a big boost for the Navy, which confronts ever more powerful Russian and Chinese fleets. Army artillery is also exploring anti-ship missiles, and the Marines may buy the… Keep reading →

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Marine Airpower’s Future: Networking F-35s, V-22s, & MUX Drones

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


CAPITOL HILL: The Marine Corps’ top pilot sketched a vision of fast-paced and networked air operations, spearheaded by F-35 fighters, V-22 tiltrotors, and the future MUX drones, all linked to each other and the rest of the force by Link-16 and MADL. Marine F-35s have already practiced spotting targets for Marine artillery rockets and Navy… Keep reading →

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A Bridgehead Too Far? CSBA’s Aggressive, Risky Strategy For Marines

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


UPDATED with Brig. Gen. Turner remarks on the report WASHINGTON: Marines are famously aggressive, but a new battle plan from a leading thinktank makes Iwo Jima look low-risk. The Center for Strategic & Budgetary Assessments’ proposed concept of operations is imaginative, exciting and more than a little scary: In a future war, rather than stay far… Keep reading →

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