Marine Corps Readiness: Meeting the Challenges While Mitigating the Risks

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As the United States’ crisis response force, the Marine Corps prioritizes readiness above capability, capacity, or any other goal. Maintaining this level of readiness in the wake of the 2013 budget sequester has come at the expense of investing in training and future capabilities for the Corps. The Cipher Brief spoke with retired Marine Corps Lt. General George Flynn about the challenges to the Corp’s readiness.

The Cipher Brief: What is the state of USMC readiness right now and what are the challenges, such as bureaucratic, technical, structural, standing in the way of improving readiness?

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