US Marine Corps Need To Strengthen Their Forces Abroad To Counter Iran, Russia, Other Threats: Commandant

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US Marine Corps Need To Strengthen Their Forces Abroad To Counter Iran, Russia, Other Threats: Commandant

Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. Robert B. Neller. Photo By: Staff Sgt. Gabriela Garcia

The US  Marine Corps need to strengthen their forces and facilities abroad or they will be vulnerable for threats from Russia, Iran, North Korea and extremist organizations, US Marine Corps Commandant General Robert B. Neller stated before Senate Armed Services Committee on April 19.

Neller emphasized that “challenges must be addressed to remedy these problems – (1) the resilience of our posture and (2) the pace of our naval force’s availability and modernization.”

“The development and acquisition of long-range precision weapons by our Nation’s chief competitors and threats – China, Russia, North Korea, Iran, and Violent Extremist Organizations (VEO) – have placed many of our forward deployed forces within the effective range of their weapons systems, or “threat rings.”

General stated that most of Marine Corps “lack sufficient resilience” to carry out warfares.

“We need additional hardening of our facilities to include aircraft hangars and command posts, the capability to rapidly repair damage to our air stations, and counterprecision guided munitions and advanced air-defense capabilities.”

According to Neller, with the growing role of the sea control, “the Marine Corps must further develop and integrate force capabilities in support of the Navy” to accomplish three key priorities “modernization, readiness, and manpower”.

Neller stressed the ocean’s flexibility and freedom that could provide the Marine Corps to “adapt its global posture” and “enhance global deterrence”.

“We will continue to foster and strengthen our partnerships and alliances as today’s strategic environment requires strong global partners”, General Robert B. Neller concluded.

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  • pao

    If they would stop trying to overthrow governments, they wouldn’t need to expand their forces, nor would they have so many perceived threats.

    • Rodger

      “China, Russia, North Korea, Iran, and Violent Extremist Organizations (VEO) – have placed many of our forward deployed forces within the effective range of their weapons systems, or threat rings.”
      That kinda happens when you start building bases in other countries without them inviting you….. :’)

    • Rob

      If every country in the world has their own S400 and Pantsir-S2, nuclear weapons and ICBM then the I’d*ots Trump, May and Macron will think twice before starting proxy/sectarian war and attacking a peaceful country. Never trust these I’d*ot’s.

    • Rob

      How to end all wars in the world, because its spreading very fast to other countries in the world due to which we are losing many humans In the Asian and African countries?

  • George King

    I was looking for maybe protecting the US homeland or something like maybe its citizens from those who put them in danger but I guess it is the following that shows who he really serves………MIC, Oligarchs, and a truly unholy transnational criminal cabal.

    “have placed many of our forward deployed forces within the effective range of their weapons systems, or “threat rings.”

    “We need additional hardening of our facilities to include aircraft hangars and command posts, the capability to rapidly repair damage to our air stations, and counter precision guided munitions and advanced air-defense capabilities.”

    “We will continue to foster and strengthen our partnerships and alliances as today’s strategic environment requires strong global partners”, General Robert B. Neller concluded.

    • Liberty57

      Yeah, why dont Marines stay in America North and South…. We could help topple Venezuela govt and bring relief to millions starving, Instead the dumb orange headed one wastes missiles in Syria attacking a government , elected who is fighting terrorism that was sponsored by the NATO USA CIA in the first place… How come USA does not work with Syria in fighting ISIS, Do the Syrians have cooties or something Donald. What a hypocrite… .Send the MACRON packing. Don’t listen to him Donald…. Good Riddance Macron interloper….. Lets Rebuild FRANCE while we are at it,,,, SEND in the SAA they will finish what they start

  • Hrky75

    There’s a place on earth where USMC soldiers are perfectly safe and don’t need to strengthen their forces or facilities. It’s called US of A and I suggest the Commandant to concentrate his forces there. The rest of the world will manage somehow…

    • JEinCA

      I couldn’t have said it better myself.

  • Carol Davidek-Waller

    It’s the US that is the threat. The US has been trying to overthrow the elected Syrian government since 2005.
    Iran know it its is next on the murderous US regime change agenda. Syria and Russia are long time allies. Both are trying to insure the territorial integrity of its neighbor, Syria and in the process, fighting world wide terrorism.
    What sort of military leader would agree to waste his soldier’s lives and his resources on dishonorable, illegal military adventurism that promotes the cause of ‘head choppers’?

    • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

      Nope Since way back as far as 1949 the CIA staged a coup De’tat and executed the Syrian Prime Minister Muhsin al Barzi Kurdish-Syrian is Grand Daughter is none other than Arwa Damon CNN Poison Sniffer. Well even in the 80’s they tried by using the Muslim Brotherhood again in Hama. The CIA recruited the Muslim Brotherhood in 2013 to help secure the Golani Heights against Syria with the support of Genie AFK Etaim Efaime a Israeli General and CEO.

      • Cyriak Papasissis

        With all respect , I would think that al Barazi and the putschist President Husni al Zaimi , a Kurdish Syrian Army officer, were the ones helped by the CIA to grab power. They both played to the tune of the CIA , the had secret contacts with the Israeli state , they executed the leader of the Syrian Socialist National Party SSNP Antun Saadeh , a Greek Orthodox , a real patriot intellectual , philosopher. The retribution came quickly , officers friendly to the SSNP overthrew CIA’s favorite team. Both were executed.

  • FlorianGeyer
  • JPH

    Looks their mere presence invokes said threat.

  • Manuel Flores Escobar

    “Semper Fidelis” to ISIS…

  • Vitex

    Who needs medical care, food and shelter for the population? We need more WEAPONS, people!

  • SnowCatzor

    If I hear the term “counter Iran” one more time I think I’ll go insane.

    Just f**king leave Iran alone and maybe they wouldn’t be your enemy!

  • JEinCA

    If the USMC wanted to do some real good for their country they’d capture DC and round up all the traitors to the Constitution on Capitol Hill and Pennsylvania Avenue, round up the lobbyists on K Street and then pay a visit to the Pentagon, the FBI HQ in Quantico and the CIA HQ in Langley. Hell you might even get a HOORA out of me if that was ever to happen.

  • SHA

    USMC should be considered a terrorist organization by Iran Russia China Syria Iraq Lebanon Yemen Belarus Most of south America and Africa

    USMC violates international law and use banned weapons
    USMC members should be sanctioned and not allowed to travel in the mentioned countries