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Commandant: Marines 'not optimized for great power competition'

from Breaking Defense

In his first public remarks since taking office in July, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. David Berger wasted no time in proclaiming the Corps unready for confrontation with rivals like China or Russia. The Corps "is not optimized for great power competition," he said at the Heritage Foundation. "It is not optimized to support a naval campaign. It is not optimized to support the fleet through missions like sea denial. And it is not optimized to deter a pacing threat," he said. That damning assessment didn't come with the standard Washington call for bigger budgets, however. more


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