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If the Marine Corps is forced to draw down to 175,000 Marines, the 'moderate risk' force that's left will be built around fewer infantry battalions with impaired readiness, the service's top general told lawmakers.
The Marine Corps plans to establish an experimental force of at least 25 percent women in the most far-reaching effort yet to determine how females will perform in ground combat jobs that remain closed to them.
China's blocking of supplies to a Philippine outpost in the South China Sea is "provocative" and raises tensions, the United States said in its latest criticism of China's assertive conduct in disputed seas of East Asia.
The Philippines air-dropped food and water to soldiers stationed on a grounded transport ship on the disputed Second Thomas Shoal, after China blocked two Filipino supply ships from reaching the troops.