The renewed focus on the Asia-Pacific region called for in the current Defense Strategy provides the Marine Corps the best opportunity yet for getting back to sea if there ever was one. Although we are moving forward smartly with developing amphibious capabilities, we should put effort into sea basing as the means to facilitate forward presence and naval warfighting capabilities over great distances—the biggest challenge for military operations in the Asia-Pacific. As former Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Vern Clark wrote in Proceedings in 2002:
The Corps' Return to the Sea
As the United States looks for new means to project power, sea basing offers the Marine Corps the perfect opportunity to update its maritime prepositioning concept.
By Major General Thomas A. Benes, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)