In 2006, the Marine Corps confirmed its reputation as the world's most flexible, agile, and capable expeditionary force. The performance of U.S. Marines at every level proved that soldierly virtue and uncommon valor continue to characterize the Corps. From Iraq to Afghanistan and beyond-the Horn of Africa, the Philippines, and the Western Pacific-individual Marines have performed the most demanding missions with Ã©lan and courage of the highest order. While the Marine Corps as an organization has exhibited the characteristics-adaptability and innovation in response to changing circumstances-that have contributed to its success in the past and will continue to do so as Marines serve the nation in the war against Islamic radicalism.
The security Environment of 2006