As defense resources dwindle, the overlap in Army and Marine Corps expeditionary roles - these Marine Corps air-cushion landing craft conduct an amphibious assault during RIMPAC '96 - will be difficult to sustain. Planning should begin now to identify the best way to share the mission.
Strategic concepts come and go, but land power remains essential for the conduct of war. Yet there seldom has been a national consensus on how much land power the United States needs and for what purposes - and even less on how land forces are to be organized, equipped, and configured. Since World War II, overlapping capabilities in the Army and Marine Corps have complicated this issue. Now that the two services are beginning to approach each other in size, the question of which does what has become harder to ignore.