- The Washington Times - Monday, March 23, 2020

The Marine Corps says it needs to cut weight — all three of its tank battalions, in particular — to counter threats to national security by China.

Gen. David Berger, commandant of the Marine Corps, has a 10-year plan to make the service lighter and more nimble, which will require the abandonment of all tank battalions, trimming infantry units to more efficiently support naval expeditionary warfare, and reducing personnel by 12,000.

Marine Corps Times noted Monday that aviation resources, artillery cannon batteries, amphibious vehicle companies, law enforcement battalions and bridging companies are scheduled to shrink or be reorganized before 2030.

“The Marine Corps is not optimized to meet the demands of the National Defense Strategy,” Marine Corps Combat Development Command said in the news release. “Our force design initiatives are designed to create and maintain a competitive edge against tireless and continuously changing peer adversaries.”

The plan, first covered by The Wall Street Journal on Sunday, will offset some of the changes by investing in long-range precision fires, along with unmanned air and ground systems.

“Moving forward, we will continue to judiciously evaluate, wargame, experiment, and refine our force design, improving service capabilities and lethality for deterrence, competition, and conflict,” MCCDC statement added.

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