Category Archives: U.S. Marine Corps

Marines Prepare for Smaller Force Due to Budget Woes

Marines Prepare for Smaller Force Due to Budget Woes

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An infantry Marine with 3rd Platoon, Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, walks across a field during a security patrol in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Feb. 20, 2014. US Marine Corps Photo

An infantry Marine with 3rd Platoon, Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, walks across a field during a security patrol in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Feb. 20, 2014. US Marine Corps Photo

The Marine Corps is preparing for its new normal with a force of 175,000, that plans to operate under the constraints of sequestration, the assistant commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, told a key Senate subcommittee on Wednesday. Read More

Navy and Marines Tell Congress They Need More Funds for Reset and Maintenance

Navy and Marines Tell Congress They Need More Funds for Reset and Maintenance

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 Marines with Combat Logistics Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 7 work together to put a transmission in the back of one of their vehicles aboard Camp Shorabak, Helmand province, Afghanistan on March 12, 2014. US Marine Corps Photo

Marines with Combat Logistics Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 7 work together to put a transmission in the back of one of their vehicles aboard Camp Shorabak, Helmand province, Afghanistan on March 12, 2014. US Marine Corps Photo

The Navy will likely need five more years of funding above its base budget to send ships through dry dock to overcome years of deferred maintenance, and the Marine Corps’ needs two or three years of additional funding to reset its equipment, senior sea service officers told the House Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee on Thursday. Read More

Twenty Former Marine Generals Want More Money for Amphibs

Twenty Former Marine Generals Want More Money for Amphibs

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USS Makin Island (LHD-8), alongside the dock landing ship USS Comstock (LSD-45), right, and the amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego (LPD-22) on March 14, 2014. US Navy Photo

USS Makin Island (LHD-8), alongside the dock landing ship USS Comstock (LSD-45), right, and the amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego (LPD-22) on March 14, 2014. US Navy Photo

A constellation of twenty former U.S. Marine Corps generals — including a former commandant —wrote Congress to “highlight concerns,” on the health of the U.S. Navy’s amphibious forces and are throwing their support behind extending the San Antonio-class (LPD-17) amphibious warship hull form beyond the Navy’s current plan of 11 ships.

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F-35 Program Office Confident Marine Joint Strike Fighter Will Be Ready by 2015

F-35 Program Office Confident Marine Joint Strike Fighter Will Be Ready by 2015

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An F-35B Lightning II aircraft takes off from the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD-1). US Navy Photo

An F-35B Lightning II aircraft takes off from the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD-1). US Navy Photo

The F-35 program office is confident that the aircraft’s Block 2B software will be ready in time for the U.S. Marine Corps’ planned July 2015 initial operational capability (IOC) date, but a more pressing concern is modifying the existing Joint Strike Fighter fleet to combat-capable standards. Read More

Navy and Marine Leaders Warn Senate Against Additional Budget Cuts

Navy and Marine Leaders Warn Senate Against Additional Budget Cuts

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Secretary of the Navy RAy MAbus, Gen. James Amos and Adm. Jonathan Greenert before the Senate on March 12, 2014. US Navy Photo

Secretary of the Navy RAy MAbus, Gen. James Amos and Adm. Jonathan Greenert before the Senate on March 12, 2014. US Navy Photo

Budget constraints are forcing the U.S. Marine Corps, “to sacrifice long-term health for near-term readiness,” Marine commandant Gen. James Amos told the Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee on Wednesday. Read More