The U.S. Department of Defense’s primary mission is to provide combat-credible military forces to deter war and protect the nation. The new National Defense Strategy (NDS) includes three lines of effort, the first of which is to rebuild military readiness while improving joint force lethality. The U.S. Marine Corps is critical to the joint force and was quick to align its strategy with the NDS while continuing to maintain a forward presence for crisis response, deter aggression in support of allies and partners, expand the battlespace by placing adversary interests at risk around the globe, and if needed project sustainable combat power ashore across the full range of military operations. Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer has made it clear that U.S. naval forces—including the Marine Corps—must deliver lethality with the speed of relevance.
The San Antonio-Class LPD Payload Package Delivers Lethality
By Rear Admiral Terry McKnight, U.S. Navy (Retired)