In January 2012, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta released Sustaining U.S. Global Leadership: Priorities for 21st Century Defense, a strategic guidance that emphasized the “need to recalibrate capabilities and make selective additional investments to succeed” in ten missions, including the ability to “project power despite anti-access/area denial [A2/AD] challenges.” The charge to recalibrate and reinvest was a tacit acknowledgment of what the Marine Corps has long recognized and sought to address: The 21st century operating environment requires an analysis of how we must operate in the future.
'Forward and Ready for Crisis'
Ensuring the United States’ maritime advantage will require an integrated naval approach that balances sea-control and power-projection operations in the world’s volatile littorals.
By The Ellis Group