A US Army Kiowa Warrior Helo lands on the US Navy Missile Cruiser USS Lake Erie
Image….WashPost – Cory Lum / Cory Lum Photography
During World War II the US Army and marines moved across the Pacific engaging and defeating the Japanese….
Then during the Korean War the two American military forces fought again…..
20 years later the Army pivoted to the Middle East…..
During the Iraq war and the actions in Afghanistan the Marines jointed the fight in those countries . And they found themselves far from any water which is how they did their thing traditionally….
These days with the action ramping down in the Middle East and China making military noise in the Pacific….The Army is moving back into the Pacific…
The US Military is shrinking these days…..
So it is fair to say that with money tight, the US services are breaking down the walls of doing their own thing and looking to fight missions and beginning to merge units as they had been doing in the Iraqi and Afghan actions….
One must remember that the US Army in more than double the size of the Marines and in any land action the Army would end up being the overall leader in any action…..
The Washington Post highlights the beginnings of the Army coming back into the Asian Theatre to the unease of the Marines….
The Army, which fights on terra firma, does not usually land its helicopters on ships — the domain of the Navy and the Marine Corps — but these are not usual times in the U.S. military. As the Obama administration winds down the Army-centric war in Afghanistan, Pentagon leaders are seeking to place the Air Force, Navy and Marines in dominant roles to counter threats in the Asia-Pacific region, which they have deemed to be the nation’s next big national security challenge.
Fearful that the new strategy will cut its share of the defense budget, the Army is launching an ambitious campaign to transform itself and assert its relevance in the Pacific. And that, in turn, is drawing the Army into a fight.
With the Marines.
Calculating that there are only slim chances of the Army fighting a big land war anywhere in the Far East other than the Korean Peninsula, the new top Army commander in the Pacific, Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, wants his forces to more quickly and effectively respond to small conflicts, isolated acts of aggression and natural disasters. Doing so, however, has traditionally been a challenge for the Army, which bases most of its soldiers assigned to the Orient in Hawaii, Alaska and Washington state. To overcome what he calls “the tyranny of distance,” Brooks is trying to make his forces more maritime and expeditionary.
To cut travel time and increase regional familiarity, he is seeking authorization to send key elements of a U.S.-based infantry brigade to Asia and keep them there for months at a time, moving every few weeks to different nations to conduct training exercises. The rotating deployment, which amounts to the first proposed increase in U.S. forces in Asia in years, could enable the Army to move more speedily to address humanitarian crises and security threats….
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