needed under the afloat prepositioning system. 33 A decade of investment paid off. For the Marine Corps, maritime prepositioning was tested and validated.
The close of the twentieth century brings uncertainty for the Marine Corps. A new national security strategy is still evolving. Old alliances are eroding. The world order is shifting, and the future role of the United States in that emerging order has yet to be established. Threats to U.S. national interests are changing. The confusion of transition obscures roles and missions, budgets, manpower, and resource allocation.
The Corps is moving into this uncertain terrain in a strong position. Nonetheless, two centuries of experience warn against complacency. "Change means movement, movement means friction, friction means heat, and heat means controversy. " 34 The Marine Corps is synonymous with controversy, and the new round of challenges will be no different. The Corps must adapt, and its leadership will have to be on guard.
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Publication information: Book title: Paying the Premium:A Military Insurance Policy for Peace and Freedom. Contributors: Walter Hahn - Editor, H. Joachim Maitre - Editor. Publisher: Greenwood Press. Place of publication: Westport, CT. Publication year: 1993. Page number: 109.
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