USNI News polled its writers, naval analysts and service members on what they consider the most important military and maritime stories in 2017.
The following is part of a series. Please also see Top Stories 2017: Navy Acquisition, International Acquisition, Navy Operations, Marine Corps and Coast Guard Acquisition, International Operations and New Administration.
For the Marine Corps, 2017 represented a major step towards achieving the vision of future operations it laid out in last year’s Marine Corps Operating Concept. It deployed its F-35B Joint Strike Fighter around the globe, sent the first-in-class USS America (LHA-6) on its maiden deployment to the Pacific and the Middle East, and conducted a massive amount of experimentation to understand the technologies, skills and procedures the service would need to fight and win in the future.
Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Robert Neller discusses the MRZR Tactical Warfighter all-terrain vehicle at Stone Bay, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 17, 2016. Neller toured Marine Special Operations Command facilities, observed their equipment, and met with Marine Raiders. US Marine Corps photo.
The Marines conducting an extensive series of experiments during the upcoming Rim of the Pacific international maritime exercises will be the first in the Corps to test a new small tactical vehicle intended to provide better mobility for ground units engaged in distributed operations. Read More
U.S. Marines from Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment practice debarking from a Japan Ground Self Defense Force CH-47 Chinook during Forest Light 16-2 in Yausubetsu Training Area, Hokkaido, Japan, Feb. 1, 2016. US Marine Corps photo.
The chief of naval operations and commandant of the Marine Corps have been consistent this year in highlighting the role sailors and Marines will play in experimenting with prototypes and new gear as the sea services try to outpace adversaries’ technological advances. Read More