From the report Aug, 22 2012: Military budgets are only one gauge of military power. A given financial commitment may be adequate or inadequate depending on the number and capability of a nation’s adversaries, how well it spends its investment, and what it seeks to accomplish, among other factors.
The U.S. Marine Corps is currently evaluating how the service employs amphibious forces. After more than a decade of static land conflict, the Marines are refocusing their efforts to the sea. As part of the effort Marine leadership stood up The Ellis Group in 2011. The group is charged with tuning amphibious doctrine to a very different threat environment than the Marines had in 2001.
CSIS report on US Force Posture in Asia-Pacific with comments from U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta
Congressional Budget Office Report on Shipbuilding