The Marine Corps is purchasing a next-generation amphibious vehicle for the wrong fight. While preaching one thing about modernizing the force to execute the critical tasks outlined in the Marine Operating Concept (MOC), it is doing another.
The amphibious assault vehicle (AAV) is more than 40 years old and has been rendered obsolete on the modern battlefield through the advancement of technology and doctrine. The amphibious combat vehicle (ACV) was recently declared the AAV’s successor. By selecting the ACV to replace the AAV, however, the Marine Corps is recklessly disregarding the “key drivers of change” identified in the MOC, in particular, the “increasingly contested maritime domain.”