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New National Defence Strategy prompts US amphibious operations review

07 March 2018

The new US National Defence Strategy has prompted US Navy (USN) and Marine Corps (USMC) officials to review, rethink, and revamp the way they perform amphibious operations.

The strategy’s shift away from anti-terrorist operations towards missions geared to combat China, Russia, and other peer competitors will mean a greater likelihood for amphibious operations in areas that are more contested and dangerous than marines have previously faced, USN and USMC officials explained.

“We’ve been focused on Iraq and Afghanistan,” Lieutenant General Robert Walsh, commander of the General Marine Corps Combat Development Command, told members of the House Armed Services Committee Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee on 6 March during a testimony on the fiscal year 2019 budget request.

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