The Marine Corps And Amphibious Warfare

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According to the 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review, “it is often highlighted the US Marine Corps has not conducted an amphibious assault since the Korean War, although technically this is not true. The Marine Corps has conducted 4 amphibious assaults in just the last 2 decades.” (Emphasis added) Lt. General George Flynn argues that “in the past twenty years U.S. amphibious forces have responded to crises least one hundred and four times. These operations represent a crisis response rate more than double that of the Cold War.” (Emphasis added) In order to continue, however, the question posed must differentiate between amphibious operations and amphibious warfare because they are not one in the same. From an economic perspective, spending billions of dollars for a military capability utilized four times in two decades seems imprudent at best, asinine at worst. An amphibious operation is defined by the Navy as “a military operation launched from the sea by an amphibious force, embarked in ships or craft with the primary purpose of introducing a landing force ashore to accomplish the assigned mission” while amphibious warfare is defined as “a type of offensive military operation that today uses naval ships to project ground and air power onto a hostile or potentially hostile shore at a designated landing beach.” (Emphasis added) For the purpose of this paper, the assumption will remain that amphibious warfare is the idea contested by its critics. The last true offensive

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