Army’s Plan Needlessly Duplicates USAF Strike Capabilities

The service would do better to follow the Marines’ path toward specialization.

One year after Marine Corps Commandant Gen. David Berger published his service’s force design plan, Army Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville has released a white paper explaining how the Army will transform into a force capable of multi-domain warfare. Both documents lay out how the two services intend to compete, deter, and win against peer adversaries, but their approaches differ in key respects. While the Marine Corps is divesting its duplicative capabilities for land warfare, the Army is investing in long-range strike capabilities that duplicate what the Air Force can already do. 

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