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Hhrg 113 As00 Wstate Amosusmcg 20130416

Hhrg 113 As00 Wstate Amosusmcg 20130416

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 GENERAL JAMES F. AMOSCOMMANDANT OF THE MARINE CORPS2013 REPORT TO THE HOUSE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEEON THE POSTURE OF THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPSApril 16, 2013Not public until released by theHouse Armed Services Committee
 
 
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I. Marines and the Nation’s Defense
Our nation has long recognized the need for a ready expeditionary force, one able to deterthose who would do us harm, swiftly intervene when they act to do so, and fight to win wherethe security interests of our nation are threatened. I am pleased to report that your Marinesremain that ready force. Because of the faithfulness and trust of the American people, Marinesare forward deployed today; on ships at sea, at our diplomatic posts, in key security locations,and alongside our allies. They are poised to respond wherever crisis looms. Thousands of your21st Century Marines and Sailors remain deployed to Afghanistan where they are puttingrelentless pressure on a disrupted enemy, while setting the conditions for a transition of securityresponsibilities to the Afghans themselves. Marines here at home are in the field, training attheir bases and stations. Wherever they serve, whatever their mission, your Marines are ready,motivated, and eager. Their professionalism and patriotism are undimmed by over a decade of combat. They carry the timeless ethos and deep pride Marines have built over 237 years of service to this nation. You can be proud of their service. The need for this highly capable and ready force is more pressing now than ever. Today,we see a world marked by conflict, instability and humanitarian disaster. We see the disruptivechanges that accompany a rapidly modernizing world; a world in which tyranny is challenged,power is diffused and extremism finds fertile ground in the disenfranchised. While Americascontinued prosperity and security are found in a stable global order; instability, extremism andconflict create disorder instead. In what has been described as a new normal,extremism,economic disruption, identity politics and social change generate new potential security threats at
 
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an accelerating pace. While we desire peace as a nation, threats to our citizens, allies andnational interests compel our response when crisis occurs. The unpredictable and chaotic security environment in which we find ourselves presentssecurity challenges that are aligned exactly with the core competencies of the Marine Corps.While Marines have acquitted themselves well during two long campaigns ashore, ourfundamental ethos and character remains that of the Nation’s Expeditionary Force in Readiness. The Marine Corps is purpose-built for the very world we see emerging around us…purpose-builtto intervene in crisis, purpose-built to forge partnerships in collective security, purpose-built todefend our nation from the wide range of security threats it faces today. This unique role is grounded in the special nature of the individual Marine. America’sMarines hold to a professional ethos anchored in honor, discipline, fidelity and sacrifice. Today’s Marines are ethical warriors, forged in hard training and made wise through years oexperience in combat. Courageous in battle and always faithful, Marines stand as pillars of justaction, compassion, and moral courage. This ethos defines our warfighting philosophy and is thetimeless scale upon which we continually measure ourselvesit has always been this way. The Marine Corps remains first and foremost a naval service, operating in closepartnership with the United States Navy. We share with them a storied heritage that predates thesigning of our Constitution. Together, the two naval services leverage the seas, not only toprotect the vast global commons, but also to project our national power and influence ashorewhere that is required. The world’s coastal regions are the home to an increasing majority of thehuman population, and are thus the scene of frequent conflict and natural disaster. These
littoral
 regions comprise the connective tissues that connect oceanic trade routes with the activities of 

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