Posted March 20, 2013 by Stephen Peck in Politics

Will old strategies of marine work for new Pacific war?

Will old strategies of marine work for new Pacific war
Will old strategies of marine work for new Pacific war

America is all set to develop completely new strategies for national security. Asia Pacific corridors to get the overseas attention of White house, New secretary allotted for defense who sits in Pentagon and the financial pressures that are on armed forces continue to exist through budget negotiation and seizure.

The tactic of distracting al Qaeda in North Africa and Near East wouldn’t be that east, and this latest strategy is yet to be put on paper by Pentagon. There are certain identity crises that Marine corps is facing between the two extended war lands and the threat by al Qaeda that are associated to North America are increasing every day. This branch of armed forces is under Navy and gained its earlier experience with historical engagements like Guadalcanal and Iwo Jima, has strengthen its expression in the recent months to get back to its roots.

So how, exactly, how does this jive with the White House’s new strategy of engaging China and deterring North Korea?

Maj. Gen. Frank McKenzie, representative of the Marine Corps’ says to the forthcoming Quadrennial Defense Review “The shift to the Pacific, it has an opportunity to focus your thinking on the core activities you might be undertaking for 20 years,” “Dynamic interaction with a variety of friends, potential foes, and the real world. There are no clear cut breaks.”

Since 1996, Congress authorized the Defense Department to conduct a QDR every four years to understand how military plans to works in the future. McKenzie also said that Marine Corps is not trying to take to step back of the current operations of U.S. Central Command in Afghanistan or the up-and-coming threats in the Islamic Maghreb from Al Qaeda. “As we shift to the Pacific, we’re still going to have to pay attention to those other threats,” McKenzie told reporters on Thursday. “We’re not going to turn away from other forces. I think Marines will still be in CentCom.”

With the same though Marines have undertaken some training sessions in the recent months, exercises Forager Fury  and Keen Sword in November saw Marines presenting Pacific associates the best way to perform air-ground assaults, and they used the latest  21st century strategies to World War II-era circumstances. The last days of February saw the beginning of exercise Key Resolve-Foal Eagle with South Korean forces this will continue till March 10. Army Gen. James D. Thurman, commander of U.S. forces in Korea, said the exercises will discourage North Korea continuing the threats breach of 1953 ceasefire on the peninsula.

“Certainly the Marine Corps is capable of providing combat operations as a part of a joint force,” he said. “I don’t think we’re planning for those types of things.”

Presence of Marine in the pacific can act as deterrent, A military has to be “forward with a credible force that can act immediately,” McKenzie said, and one that can be seen as able to transport a larger more decisive force later.

“That’s the niche where the Marine Corps lives,” he said. The time that will be taken for QDR process is not clear yet, though Pentagon has to submit its final proposal to Congress by Feb. 14, 2014.

Stephen Peck

Stephen Peck covers the global energy, metals and commodities markets daily from the floor of the New York Mercantile Exchange and contributes special reports on personal finance for the network. He studied history and economics at Duke University. Stephen also covers stories behind Wall Street's biggest price moves and the trends affecting market sectors.