The Navy–Marine Corps team faces new threats, new opportunities, and declining resources. ‘We should . . . attack!’
Our nation has never had a security strategy more dependent on maritime power than in the recently articulated Sustaining U.S. Global Leadership: Priorities for 21st Century Defense and in Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s amplifying November 2011 Foreign Policy article, “America’s Pacific Century,” describing our pivot to the Pacific. Our focus on the Pacific and Middle East, and the geography of each, makes naval forces central to national priorities. Unencumbered trade routes are essential to global commerce and thus are critical to our economy and our security. The Navy–Marine Corps team walks that global beat. It’s a great time to be a sailor or Marine.