Ten years ago, the 9/11 terrorist attacks brought a new range of threats into sharp focus and made it clear the United States was in a new era. Since shortly after that sorrowful day, we have raised a generation of Marines and sailors whose military experience has been shaped by sustained combat operations. For most of the past decade, counterterrorism, maritime interdiction operations, precision strike, and extended counterinsurgency operations ashore have been our focus.
Amphibious, Now More Than Ever
Even though the threat symmetry may have changed, the Navy-Marine Corps team still needs the capability to insert ground troops from the sea.
By Captain Samuel C. Howard, U.S. Navy, and Colonel Michael S. Groen, U.S. Marine Corps