As President George W. Bush explained in a speech at the U.S. Military Academy in June 2002, U.S. security requires a military "ready to strike at a moment's notice in any dark corner of the world." During the past year, the Marine Corps' distinguished heritage of innovation was extended further. It explored creative operational concepts, promoted new technologies, and altered organizations to provide the timely crisis-response tools the nation needs. Heeding the Commander-in-Chief's call for substantive adaptation, the Corps sharpened its fighting edge as the nation's force-in-readiness for a wider range of future contingencies—while simultaneously finding itself engaged "in every clime and place."
The U.S. Marine Corps in Review
By Lieutenant Colonel Frank G. Hoffman, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve (Retired)