- China’s military advances and expansion of a conventional defense force presents a “game-changer” for the US, the Marine Corps’ top officer said this week.
- The Navy and the Corps have to team up to face that threat, and Commandant Gen. David Berger outlined five changes they could make to do so.
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The US needs an integrated naval force that is prepared to take on China, Marine Commandant Gen. David Berger said at the annual Surface Navy Association conference. That’s going to require the sea services to work a lot more closely than they have over the last 20 years.
“The significant thing that’s driven as to where we are right now is a paradigm shift by China in moving to the sea,” he said. “We have watched them build and expand a conventional defensive force and kind of yawned for a long time until they went to sea.”
“Game-changer,” Berger added.
China has been building forward-operating bases on man-made islands in the South China Sea. The islands have barracks, runways and hangars.
“New threats are here,” Berger said. “We must change.”
Here’s a look at how the Navy and Marine Corps could adapt to take on China.