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USMC must transform to compete with China

15th May 2020 - 00:00 GMT | by The Geobukseon in Indo-Pacific

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The US Marine Corps has a long and storied history in the Pacific, but the rise of China’s military is forcing the corps to either react dramatically or risk irrelevancy in the Asia-Pacific region.

In World War II, the USMC fought bitter engagements across numerous atolls and islands as part of the Pacific campaign. Indeed, names such as Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Saipan, Guam, Peleliu, Iwo Jima and Okinawa are forever written in blood in corps lore.

Yet those bloody assaults across bullet-lashed beaches are consigned to history for the USMC. New weapons such as cruise missiles, long-range anti-ship missiles, guided …

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