In 2012 U.S. Marines significantly reduced forces in Afghanistan, transferring many security responsibilities to their Afghan partners. Concurrently, the Navy–Marine Corps team received a much-needed respite from the kind of high-tempo, amphibious, crisis-response operations that have characterized the post-Cold War era. Meanwhile, Marines looked toward new challenges, repositioning their forces and refining their capabilities for the future.
U.S. Marine Corps in Review
By Lieutenant Colonel John C. Berry, Jr., U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)