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Back to basics for the United States Marine Corps

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It's a small revolution brewing at the Pentagon. Indeed, the commander of the United States Marine Corps, General David Berger, has undertaken to profoundly modify this elite American force to enable it to respond to the challenges it will face in 2030, and to be able to do facing, as a priority, China. To achieve this, the US Marine Corps will have to go back to basics and become again the light and highly mobile amphibious assault force that it was until around twenty years ago, when the interventions in Afghanistan and Iraq l gradually transformed into a traditional mechanized infantry force.

To respond within the allotted time to the operational challenges in the Pacific theater, the main concern of General David Berger, the Corps will have to go through multiple reforms and reorganizations, which will probably give it the impression of going through a wringer for the next 10 years. . Thus, the Abrams heavy tank battalions will simply be eliminated, while the 21 mobile artillery batteries will see their number increase to 5, and the amphibious armored vehicle companies will go from 6 to only 4. In the at the same time, the numbers will decrease by 12,000 combatants, and the marine infantry battalions will go from 24 to 21. The aviation is not spared, with 6 squadrons of helicopters eliminated including a squadron of V22 Osprey, a squadron of CH53s and 2 squadrons of light attack helicopters. If the number of F35B and F35C squadrons remains unchanged, the number of aircraft per squadron is reduced from 16 to 10, which will probably lead to a reduction in the volume of aircraft ordered.

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Fabrice Wolf
Fabrice Wolf
A former French naval aeronautics pilot, Fabrice is the editor and main author of the site. His areas of expertise are military aeronautics, defense economics, air and submarine warfare, and Akita inu.

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