Marines reform to prepare for war with China

The art of war is constantly evolving. Those who anticipate these changes are more likely to prevail the next time a conflict arises. But preventive reforms, which are inherently untested, are often controversial. This is the problem facing the dramatic reform program of the commandant of the Marine Corps, General David H. Berger. Critics, such as former Secretary of the Navy Jim Webb, argue that he is making a terrible mistake, but the commander’s ideas would better prepare the United States to face its main enemy: China.

It is certainly true that General Berger’s Force Design 2030 reforms are almost revolutionary. According to his plan, the Marine Corps would drastically reduce its cannon artillery and helicopter forces while eliminating its tank forces. Several infantry battalions and their supporting elements would be cut off. General Berger admits that these reforms carry risks and have sparked controversy within the Marine Corps. But the Marines have limited resources, which are organized around maintaining the democratic international order and defeating America’s greatest threat. In today’s world, it’s China.


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