Marine Corps aviation is not equipped to fight in the future operating environment, and the solution to the problem is not money.
The U.S. Marine Corps is the nation’s expeditionary force in readiness. Within the Corps, the Marine expeditionary unit (MEU) is the primary forward-deployed air-ground task force and, when teamed with the amphibious ready group (ARG) ships of the U.S. Navy, can transit anywhere across the globe. Unfortunately, the MEU’s aviation combat element (ACE) is not prepared to meet the demands of a sustained offshore conflict. The ACE needs a flight simulator for each type, model, and series aircraft on board the ships of the ARG to sustain aircrew readiness.