The Marine Corps is at a crossroads. Rapid technological change, a return to great power competition, continued asymmetric threats, and the unique dynamic of cyberspace demand a fundamental shift in talent management.
Marine Corps culture should be jealously guarded but not untouchable. Not even the rifle squad has been exempt from change. While Marines should be cautious about rushing to embrace sweeping change, the information age presents discrete challenges. To adapt to contemporary demands, the service must address an increasing institutional constraint. Cyberspace requires Marines with technical expertise to design, build, hack, and defend information systems. The private sector better attracts and compensates such talent. Even though the Marine Corps has a reputation for producing high-quality leaders and thinkers, this will not be enough to ensure the service can fight in cyberspace and blend cyber skills with traditional warfighting skills.