An F-35B Lightning II performs a vertical landing on board USS America (LHA-6). (U.S. Marine Corps/Thor Larson)
U.S. Navy and Marine Corps forces are in higher demand than ever in the joint warfare fighting environment. Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development & Acquisition James F. Geurts has clearly stated: “Expeditionary Warfare will be key to success in future battles, but in order to ensure overmatch, the U.S. military must increase its ability to quickly adapt to new threats.” No other naval force in the world has the capability U.S. Navy and Marine Corps expeditionary forces employ today. They are key components of the National Defense Strategy.