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The US Marine Corps is Fixing Itself to Confronting China

Main Image Credit U.S. Marine Corps M1A1 Abrams Tanks are offloaded from Landing Craft Air Cushioned during Exercise Ssang Yong 14 at Dogue Beach, Pohang, South Korea, April 3, 2014 (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Sara A. Medina. Wikimedia Licence/Released)

The US Marine Corps is reorganizing itself to confront China. Ensuring that it can hold ground and sustain its deployments without diverting naval resources will be a major challenge. Meanwhile US allies in other theatres must adjust to the USMC’s shift in focus.

The announcement that the US Marine Corps is divesting from tanks, and scaling back its amphibious vehicle and tube artillery battalions, marks a major milestone in the force’s reorientation towards confronting China. The force will soon pass the point of no return as it restructures in response to the 38th Commandant’s Planning Guidance. The proposed force is clearly optimised for its expected adversary, but the trade-offs have significant flow-on consequences for US

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