The U.S. willingness and ability to conduct expeditionary warfare far from American shores were major factors in the success of the containment strategy and the victory in the Cold War.
The U.S. armed forces have been practicing expeditionary warfare from the dawn of the republic.1 With few exceptions, these operations required concentration of sizeable naval and military forces in the United States and then their deployment overseas. Secretary of Defense Harold Brown observed in 1980, "The United States has been in the rapid deployment and power projection business for a long time. If you doubt that, ask the Marines who five years ago celebrated their 200th anniversary." 2