Marine commandant: Corps must be modified for modern warfare
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Marine Corps will adjust its force structure in the near future as it identifies gaps in capability and technology that it could face in a battle with a modern enemy, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller said Tuesday.
The Corps in recent years has made adjustments to the way it trains and equips Marines to prepare them to fight a near-peer adversary, Neller said at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a bipartisan Washington think tank. Additional adjustments, including to the way front-line units are structured, will be necessary for the Marine Corps to be prepared to face a rival with similar capabilities, such as Russia or China.
“We are going to reshape this Marine Corps,” he said. “We aren’t going to stay exactly the same, because I don’t think we can. The threats and the capabilities out there are changing too fast and we have to be able to survive on the modern battlefield.”
The Marine Corps must expand its capabilities in cyber and electronic warfare, he said, but it also must increase its abilities to counter threats it has not faced on the battlefield since World War II, such as defending against aerial bombardment or advanced artillery systems.
The Corps has incorporated enemy unmanned aerial systems into training at Twentynine Palms, Calif., where it has equipped the opposing force with small drones to gather intelligence on the unit undergoing training.
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