When the Marine Corps capstone concept "Expeditionary Maneuver Warfare" appeared in 2001, you might easily have dismissed it as just another service white paper. The course of 2003, however, underscored the meaning of phrases such as strategic agility, operational reach, and tactical flexibility. More than hollow bumper stickers, the pillars of the concept repeatedly proved relevant-and just as critical to tomorrow's uncertain but dangerous security environment.
The inherent advantages of the Corps' approach to organizing, training, and equipping its forces was evident in many small operations and exercises during the past year. Nowhere was the scope and breadth of these unique capabilities-and the dedication of individual Marines-more evident than in the war to liberate Iraq.
Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)