Thursday, February 21, 2013

Why Ship Numbers Matter, Part XXXVI

"Highlighting the continuing fallout from the Sept. 11, 2012 attack on an American consulate in Libya that took the lives of four Americans, defense officials told NBC News on Wednesday that the U.S. Marine Corps is on the verge of announcing a new group tasked with crisis response in north Africa and eastern Europe. The group, which will be known as the Marine Air-Ground Task Force, will likely be based at Naval Air Station Sigonella in Sicily, Italy.  The team will be capable of rapid deployment for responding to security threats throughout the region — including a U.S. embassy under attack."

And when you don't have enough of them, you do the next best thing, which is to land-base your force, subject to vetoes and restrictions from host-nations.

Bryan McGrath

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