As the war in Afghanistan winds down, the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps will focus on regaining their amphibious capabilities to confront threats to world security. Attention has already started to shift from the Middle East to the Pacific region as described in the Asia-Pacific Strategy.1 The United States’ ability to project influence and power in the Pacific will increasingly hinge more on the maritime services due to the rise of China and India as regional and global powers and its need to build relationships with the large Muslim populations of the Pacific.
Lessons Learned from Down Under
The Australian Defence Force is overhauling its amphibious capabilities—and the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps have much to learn from its assessment process.
By Major Chris Niedziocha, U.S. Marine Corps