US Marines Commandant Wants to Dump All Tanks & 12K Troops as He Switches “Focus” From Russia to China

Sounds a lot like taking the teeth out of the branch

WASHINGTON: The Marine Corps commandant has for the first time put Russia alongside Iran, North Korea, and extremist groups as areas that will “continue to pose threats,” while elevating China to the undisputed top of threats facing US policy makers.

“China will remain the pacing threat for the next decade,” Berger wrote in the memo obtained by Breaking Defense, a point he has made before while usually including Russia as a close second.

The ordering of the Marine Corps’ threat picture over the next decade marks a major downgrade for how the Corps sees Russia, though Gen. David Berger’s Feb. 23 memo to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin largely maintains the major internal reforms he’s pushed over the past two years. Those efforts, which include divesting of the Corps’ inventory of Abrams tanks and shedding 12,000 Marines, has been aimed at reinventing the Corps for operations across the expanses of the Pacific.

In a joint op-ed with Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. CQ Brown just last month, they wrote that to “compete with the People’s Republic of China and Russia and successfully address other emergent challenges, the U.S. military requires a new framework for assessing readiness. It should focus less on near-term availability and more on future capability and warfighting advantage over peer adversaries.”

While Russia is formidable, it appears that Berger is no longer looking at Moscow as a peer adversary his troops will have to deal with as they operate primarily in the Pacific. “We will face both China and other competitors employing sophisticated, multi-domain strategies,” in the Pacific he added, and his 27,000 Marines in the region “require significant modernization and redesign.”

But, as he has said for the past year, Berger informed Austin he’s not asking for more money to do so.

“I have not asked for any topline increase for the Marine Corps – only that we be allowed to reinvest the savings we create by divesting of legacy capabilities and excess capacity,” he wrote, suggesting that he needs the authority to retire older equipment and shrink the size of the force to modernize the way he envisions.

That will likely come as good news for the new Pentagon leadership, which is working on the 2022 budget while operating under a flat topline that will likely remain consistent with the past two years.

“We are fielding long-endurance unmanned air vehicles and appropriate payloads for airborne communication, reconnaissance, and electronic warfare as rapidly as possible using the savings from such divestments,” the memo reports. “Additional planned divestments include more of our towed cannon artillery along with significant numbers of manned fixed and rotary wing aircraft. We are also phasing out much of our legacy logistical capacity, previously intended for sustained land operations, while modernizing the rest for distributed maritime operations.”

Last year, Berger questioned how many F-35s the Marines could sustain in the coming years, calling for smaller squadrons, cutting them from 16 to 10. Current plans call for the Marines to buy 353 of the F-35B and 67 of the F-35C carrier variants. Whether this is the beginning of a plan to buy fewer aircraft remains unclear.

Source: Breaking Defense

  1. Mr Reynard says
    1. Voz 0db says

      Yep… Even a VODKA drunk Russian Army can beat those!

    2. Alberticus says

      The Russians & Chinese will all DIE LAUGHING

  2. ken says

    Well according to Deagle dot com by 2025 the population in the US will be approximately 99 million. That will be a loss of about 250 million.

    Now, either Gates vaccines work better than expected or there is a war. If it’s war then obviously Deagle thinks the US is not going to do so well. These generals that want to go up against a country with a far superior industrial base,,, over a billion people and nuclear armed are seriously disturbed.

    Russia is the military high tech leader and is already sharing some of that tech with China.

    What the US needs to do is stop trying to be the bully hegemon,,, bring home the military, drastically reduce its size and take care of the homefront they have been neglecting for so many decades.

    Not gonna happen,,, so it’s curtains for the Disunited States of America,

    Meanwhile….. The election thief continues to bomb other nations albeit more diversified.

    1. Joe_Below says

      War can’t kill people fast enough. It will be the vaccines.

      1. Voz 0db says

        It’s not even a matter of speed! They (SRF & Billionaires) need to deploy a SILENT CULLING, and what a better tool to use than gene mRNA therapy (we can’t even call that a vaccine if one is using the still accepted definition of it)

        WAR might only occur if the Jab thing fails, They have till 2030 to see the progress of the SILENT CULLING, if it goes bad They will just deploy another FAKE PANDEMIC and that’s it.

  3. mijj says

    US military .. a consequence of US economic incompetence.

  4. yuri says

    after wasting trillions on trash like carriers, Abrams, f35, osprey they believe they can compete? maybe w Black lives matter military—otherwise maybe Haiti

  5. Joe_Below says

    To be clear, that will be 12,000 straight white males which will be asked to pack their bags.

  6. Jerry Hood says

    ” Great military USAtan” is afraid of Christian Russian army! The chinese can beat up the satan’s LGBT ” G-strings rainbow troops” with hats! A decaying and collapsing ” bankrupt empire” with last kicks around…

  7. Alberticus says

    But you are an Extremist Radical because you think you need an AR15 to protect your Family from borders without WALLS and Courts that free Criminals.

  8. Alberticus says

    FIRST thing to do is GET RID of Israel that keeps selling our technology to our enemies.
    Israel Threatens to Abandon America, Ally With China And Russia After Securing $40B In U.S. Aid
    Chris Menahan  InformationLiberation   Feb. 11, 2021
    Knesset member Ayoob Kara, who is part of Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party, on Tuesday threatened that Israel is prepared to abandon America and ally with China and Russia if Biden “reneges on America’s recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights and signs a nuclear deal with Iran.”
    The public statement, which our media is refusing to report on, comes a little over one month after the US congress voted to pass a law mandating we send nearly $40 billion in aid to Israel over the next decade (even if, as Nancy Pelosi said, America “crumbles to the ground”).

  9. XSFRGR says

    In my opinion the draw down of the USMC has nothing to do with China. The Powerz in the U$ don’t trust the USMC, and they don’t want the Corp to be able to resist what they have planned for America’s future. The Powerz are stripping the Corp of its heavy armor, and air superiority fighters because they are terrified that the Marines will remain true to the U$ Constitution, and honor the Marine Corp motto of Ever Faithful.

    1. Eddy says

      Only in your dreams.

      1. XSFRGR says

        Perhaps you would like to post a comment with more substance.

  10. Jay says

    more brain dead low IQ morons running everything during a solar minimum with potential of a solar EMP or enemy EMP and over reliance on electronics and phasing out the most reliable and trustworthy assets is absolutely retarded.

  11. GMC says

    Nope, Bidens team are Zionist Bolsheviks that are concentrating on Russia – I m wondering why China and Russia haven’t come out and made an Nato type agreement on — you fight one – you fight both of us. Without this in the open tho – it makes the USA think about it. It’s all a waiting game , waiting for the US to implode – most likely.

    1. XSFRGR says

      EXACTLY, and the U$ should begin to smell like what it is, a rotting corpse, in 2 years or less.

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