needed under the afloat prepositioning system.
33 A decade of investment paid
off. For the Marine Corps, maritime prepositioning was tested and validated.
INTO THE UNKNOWN
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.
Alan R. Millett, Semper Fidelis: The History Of The United States Marine Corps
( New York: Macmillan, 1980), p. 461.
Dick Cheney, "Statement of the Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney before the
House Armed Services Committee in Connection with the FY 1992-93 Budget for the
Department of Defense," February 7, 1991.
A. M. Gray, Commandant of the Marine Corps, Annual Report to Congress, 1990, p. 4.
Lawrence Garrett III, Adm.
Frank B. Kelso, and Gen.
A. M. Gray, "The Way
Ahead," Marine Corps Gazette Supplement, April 1991, pp. 4-6.
Garrett et al., "The Way Ahead," p. 4.
Quoted in Defense Daily, October 17, 1989, p. 84.
Deborah Schmidt, "'Some Things Worth Fighting For'," Navy Times, March
11, 1991, p. 6.
John King, "First U.S. Ground Unit into Saudi Arabia Gets New Assignment," Associated Press, September 7, 1990.
Millet, Semper Fidelis, p. 465.
Rick Maze, "Cheney Unveils, Dismisses Plan to Cut Force by 25 Percent," Navy
Times, July 2, 1990, p. 4.
Cheney, "Statement of the Secretary of Defense," p. 9.
General A. M. Gray, USMC, quoted in Elizabeth P. Donovan, "Stable Vision," Navy Times, January 14, 1991.
Cheney, "Statement," p. 9.
Deborah Schmidt, "Corps Leaders Warn of Strength Fall below 182,000," Navy
Times, April 8, 1991, p. 16.
Millett, Semper Fidelis, pp. 419-97.