A Military Force for a Globally Challenged Super Power
U.S. Army BG Nagata welcomes U.S. Marines who are arriving to replace the U.S. Army's 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade in the delivery of Humanitarian Assistance in flood ravaged Pakistan.  (Photo: DoD)  



Lt. Col. Andrew J. Kostic

The views expressed in the document are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the U.S. Army War College, the U.S. Marine Corps, the U.S. Department of the Army, the U.S. Department of the Navy, the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, or the U.S. Government.



For decades the United States organized, equipped and trained its military forces to defeat the conventional military forces of the Soviet Union. The world changed overnight with the fall of the Soviet Union and so did the United States' adversaries. Terrorists and religious extremists are the new threat to the United States. The Department of Defense continues to evaluate the type of military forces required to combat this emerging global threat and execute the National Security Strategy. As the United States Army continues its transformation from a Division centric, armor heavy organization to a lighter, expeditionary Brigade Combat Team structure, this AY-10 USAWC resident Marine Corps' student paper argues that the Army needs to maintain the conventional combat capabilities it perfected during the Cold War, and that the Marine Corps, with its expeditionary nature and amphibious forcible entry capability, is the ideal military force to meet the future strategic needs of the United States to effectively combat rising global threats and to secure America's vital national interests.

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