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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Marine Corps suffers identity crisis in age of cyberwarfare, artificial intelligence



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The Marines' forays into cyberwarfare and information operations are diluting the service's proficiencies in amphibious operations and other sea-based missions that were once the bedrock of the Corps‘ character and capabilities, said former Marine Corps Lt. Col. Dakota Wood, now a senior defense analyst at The Heritage Foundation.

The Marines are suffering from "a lack of service and institutional discipline" that is allowing the services to be pulled in myriad directions, Mr. Wood said in an interview.

Mr. Wood added more fuel to the debate over the future of the Marines with a 60-page analysis last month recommending in part the disbanding of the Marine Raiders, the Marines' special operations command known as MARSOC created in the years after the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. He argues that the 2,700-member force is too small to be cost-effective for a service with limited manpower and resources and provides "little direct value for the Corps, especially with regard to the Corps‘ primary mission."


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Leave the techno stuff to the Skilled Military: USAF, Navy, and Army.

The Marines are better suited to bringing grunt level excessive force and ultra-violence to hostile situations, like bang bang,boom boom, shoot shoot wars.

#1 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2019-04-16 11:29 AM | Reply

"First ones in, last ones out" is how my Marine friend put their mission. Note I said "Marine friend," not "ex-Marine friend." I called him an ex-Marine once and was politely chastised.

With cyber-warfare, the first ones in are now the techies sitting behind the keyboard.

Mr Wood may have a point.

#2 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-04-16 12:06 PM | Reply

I called him an ex-Marine once and was politely chastised.

Rightfully so, the only ex-Marines are either dead or dishonorably discharged.

#3 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-04-16 03:05 PM | Reply


You're right. Ex Marines are one or the other. Donnerboy is alive so he's obviously the other.

#4 | Posted by willowby at 2019-04-16 03:10 PM | Reply


To paraphrase Adm. Daniel V. Gallery in his seminal work, Clear the Decks!, the Marine's job is simple: After the Navy has dropped, from a couple of miles offshore, several thousand tons of explosives on a beach, the Marines go ashore in flimsy little boats, kill or capture everyone with a gun, establish a several mile deep beachhead and start building Quonset Huts until the Army arrives.

#5 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-04-16 03:13 PM | Reply

Poor little Willowby is so insecure he has to try to besmirch Donnerboy's honorable service to Willowby's nation.

Bigly sad.

#6 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-04-16 03:17 PM | Reply


Ouch, but not fair to DBoy, he is just stoned and bitter, but still a Marine.

#7 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-04-16 03:17 PM | Reply

Warfighting has changed tremendously and the Corps is still searching for their sweet spot in this era. Instead of trying to be everything to everyone, they should go back to being a light infantry force attached to the Navy as suggested in the article.

Hone their amphibious assault doctrine and get back to basics as #5 suggests.

#8 | Posted by hoser at 2019-04-16 04:15 PM | Reply

Fun fact: If you do an interservice transfer to the Corps, regardless of rank you have to go back through Boot, since the Marines do not accept boot camp from any other branch of service.

#9 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-04-16 04:21 PM | Reply

MARSOC seems to be a force in search of tasking. A SOF answer to a question which doesn't get asked often. While it follows the trend of each service having a type of SOF field, the Department of Navy now has NSW, and those support elements, _and_ MARSOC and their support elements.

#10 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2019-04-16 04:38 PM | Reply

+ Raiders and Scouts, which are separate from MARSOC, if I remember correctly.

#11 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2019-04-16 04:39 PM | Reply

#9 - Had a guy in boot camp who had been in the Army for 4 years. On graduation day, he wore LCpl stripesand several ribbons...

#12 | Posted by hoser at 2019-04-16 04:49 PM | Reply

#3 wrong. the only ex-Marines are the dishonorably discharged.

#13 | Posted by ichiro at 2019-04-16 05:03 PM | Reply


I was taught in the Corps that the alive/dead thing is a matter of semantics, only after a Marine dies can you say he "was" a Marine, while still alive you say he "is" a Marine.

#14 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-04-16 05:40 PM | Reply

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