Tuesday, April 09, 2024

Marine Corps Gunny says that Force Design is still too heavy. Agree or disagree its a must read.

Ya know this argument keeps popping up. At least I know I've seen this "concept" promoted dozens of times over the last 30 years. To be quite honest it sounds like US Army Rangers. Since I'm no longer active many of the folks talking about this say my opinion is worthless. Ok. But I'll tell those bastards this. Are ya'll trying to reinvent the wheel? At the end of the day it comes down to this. The USMC is first and foremost an amphibious assault force. If you are giving up that mission then YOU ARE DUPLICATING what the Army does and does very well. Light Infantry? The US Army has divisions of those. Freaking divisions! You want to do the Ranger thing? First the Rangers ain't gonna give up that mission set. Second even if you try and muscle in on it then you're gonna play second fiddle. Look at Army leadership and you'll see mostly three things. You're gonna have served in the 82nd Airborne, one of the Ranger Battalions or maybe if you're an outlier in the 101st, 3rd ID or 10th Mountain.

Why are Marine Corps thinkers demanding that the USMC be everything but America's amphibious soldiers from the sea and/or shock troops?

One of the main failings of Force Design is that its the tail attempting to wag the dog.

In the Pacific fight the Navy will be the lead service, the Air Force close behind and the Army/Marine Corps praying for what should never happen and that's a ground war in that region.

Force Design seeks to influence the sea battle.  

You can't do that from shore. 

Its not possible.

The real problem is that the Navy hasn't actually formulated a plan.  Until they do then Force Design is useless.

Despite what a certain president said, you can't lead from behind and the USMC will NOT be the lead service in the sea fight.

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