Viewed separately, the Army's Experimental Force and the Marine Corps' Sea Dragon experiment-these Marines are part of a hunter-killer team-have limitations that restrict U.S. strategy options. Together, they present formidable capabilities in deterrence, operations other than war, and war fighting.
The future of U.S. land power was tested this spring in the California desert. New organizations, equipment, and doctrine were evaluated in rugged operational environments by both the Marine Corps and the Army in similar, but separate, warfighting experiments. The Army's Experimental Force (ExFor) is an evolutionary step toward the future; the Marine Corps' Sea Dragon experiment is more revolutionary. Even before the data have been collected, however, some defense analysts are favoring one approach or the other. But does either the Army or the Marine Corps have a monopoly on the best approach to defining the future of U.S. land forces?