The Marines Transformed to Take On China. Will They Be Ready for Everything Else?

The Marine Corps went all in when the Pentagon identified China as the prime national- security challenge facing the US.

  • To meet it, the Marines in 2020 proclaimed a thoroughgoing transformation. Under “Force Design 2030,” the Corps would do away with its tanks, make other cuts and devote fewer resources for its long-held mission as the nation’s premier crisis-response force.
  • Instead, the focus would be on China, with small teams of missile-toting Marines hopping from island to island in the Western Pacific to attack the Chinese fleet in a conflict.

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