With budget battles looming, the Navy–Marine Corps team needs to find ways to consolidate certain overlapping missions and capabilities. Here are a few ideas on where to start.
Shortly after taking office, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta noted that to weather the current budgetary storms, the services need to work as a team and put what is best for the entire force ahead of the needs of one service. He warned that the current budget pressures cannot allow the services to degrade into parochialism and program-survival mode. 1 Secretary Panetta’s comments are particularly relevant within the Department of the Navy.