If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, the U.S. Marine Corps should be feeling good. Over the past five years, interest in developing “Marine-like” capabilities has expanded throughout the Asia-Pacific region, aligning with the Marines’ core competency—amphibious operations.
This trend potentially benefits the Marine Corps in several ways. It creates more useful partners able to conduct combined/amphibious operations and simultaneously draws allies and friends closer. It also builds partner confidence—not least in their own capabilities—and creates a web of unstated but practical alliances that complicates an adversary’s efforts to assert itself one-on-one against regional nations.