by Diem Nguyen Salmon, Dakota Wood
The Heritage Foundation
April 23, 2014
For the past several years, the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) has been working to better understand how the amphibious operations environment has changed and what those changes mean for relevant capabilities and operational concepts. A confluence of technological difficulties, changing operational requirements, and constrained budgets has forced the Corps to alter course several times, adjusting its programmatic efforts in the process. The recently announced plan for the Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) program seeks to leverage current and affordable technologies to meet near-term operational needs while laying the groundwork for future capabilities as necessary technologies mature. This program is the correct path forward but will require the support of the U.S. Navy and Congress.