We need to promote regional conditions that preclude crisis—while retaining our ability to fight at any time.
Since the end of the Cold War, theorists and others have analyzed the details, nuances, and meaning of the new global environment. Meanwhile the Marine Corps has been operating in this environment, learning its lessons firsthand. This new world features many old characteristics with which the Corps is intimately familiar. Counterinsurgency, a dominating concern in modern conflict, is something that many view as a new entry into armed conflict.