In 2013, the U.S. Marine Corps continued operations in Afghanistan, even as they performed their traditional role as the nation’s expeditionary crisis response force in other parts of the globe. In historic terms, however, their most noteworthy achievements last year will likely be recorded as successfully negotiating the government’s budgetary crisis and defense cutbacks. They did so by making their relevance—as an element of sea power—clear in an era of strategic uncertainty. In the process, they have outlined a way ahead that will reshape their force organization and posture in coming years.
U.S. Marine Corps in Review
By Lieutenant Colonel John C. Berry Jr., U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)