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    The Asia Pivot Comes Up Short—Again

    The U.S. Marine Corps is questioning whether it can implement the Obama Administration’s much-vaunted strategic shift to the Asia-Pacific. “We are on our way…to a less than a 300-hundred ship Navy,” said General John M. Paxton Jr., assistant commandant of the Marine Corps. “We are on our way to a … More

    General Carl E. Mundy Jr., USMC (Ret.): July 16, 1935–April 2, 2014

    The U.S. Marine Corps lost one of its generational leaders this week with the passing of General Carl E. Mundy Jr., the Corps’s 30th commandant. General Mundy served his beloved Corps and country for nearly 42 years in uniform and almost another two decades following his “formal” retirement, first as … More

    Honoring a Fallen Marine

    “Ladies and gentlemen, there is a uniformed Marine on this flight. He is accompanying the body of a fallen comrade back to Washington, D.C. When we land, please keep your seats and allow him to deplane first.” The flight attendant on Delta 1838 from Atlanta to Reagan National Airport repeated … More

    For Marines, Forces Shrink as Responsibilities Grow

    The President recently directed Marines to be stationed at diplomatic locations in volatile regions of the world, as part of a response to the Benghazi attack last year. Meanwhile, Marines are also deploying across the world for myriad security concerns—even as they contemplate a significantly reduced force due to defense … More

    Give the Marines a Kabar, Not a FUBAR

    FUBAR is military jargon for “fouled up beyond all recognition.” Kabar is the knife Marines carry. As things stand with sequestration, servicemen and women who protect our nation’s security stand to receive far more of the former and fewer of the latter. The Syrian imbroglio has, for the moment, obscured … More

    Marine Corps Commandant: The World Is "More Dangerous" Than Before 9/11

    Marine Corps Commandant General James Amos recently warned that further defense cuts will paralyze the Marine Corps’s ability to fight. As policymakers in Washington work to provide for the common defense of the nation, they need to bear in mind just how capable the Navy and Marine Corps are dealing … More

    Sustaining the Navy Surface Fleet

    The House Armed Services Readiness and Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittees are holding a joint hearing today to discuss the future of the Navy’s surface fleet. The Navy is currently juggling sequestration, the pivot to the Asia–Pacific, and unforeseen requirements in the Persian Gulf. Meanwhile, the sea service is also … More

    Egypt: Marines on Standby

    U.S. Marines from Morón, Spain, have been moved to the U.S. base in Sigonella, Italy, to station more forces closer to Egypt as a response to the events happening there. There is a sentiment among many in politics that America can pull back its global presence, cut the military, and … More

    Marines Ready to Respond in Northern Africa

    Asked about the attack last fall on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, President Obama asserted, “our job with respect to Benghazi has been to find out exactly what happened, to make sure that U.S. embassies not just in the Middle East but around the world are safe and secure and … More

    U.S. Military Bases in Europe Are Vital to America’s Security

    It has been announced that U.S. Marines will soon be arriving at a small American air base in Spain to form a U.S. rapid reaction force for the North African region. This deployment is clearly linked to last year’s brutal terrorist attack in Benghazi that left the U.S. ambassador and … More