The nation's premier force in readiness once again fulfilled its legislated role in the past year, serving in every clime and place, and meeting new expeditionary challenges. The Marines also extended their historical record as innovators. While 1999 was a year of transition marked by changes in both leadership and tone, 2000 was a year of adaptation. A quiet but powerful transformation began to emerge as the Corps' leadership continued to sharpen institutions and forces for an uncertain world.
The immutable commitment to readiness was amply demonstrated throughout the year. But this enduring requirement to provide combat-ready Marine air-ground task forces (MAGTFs) as an adaptive instrument of national power mandates that the Corps evolve in response to the strategic, political, and technological revolution that swirls around it. Thus, the future Marine Corps is taking shape in the initiatives and emerging strategy that Commandant General James L. Jones framed in 2000.