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From Hegemony to Competition

Marine Perspectives on Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations

edited by Matthew R. Slater


DOI: 10.56686/9798985340426



The end of the Cold War in 1991 brought the United States more than two decades of global leadership and prosperity. Neorealist international relations theory correctly predicted that hegemony, although the most stable power arrangement, is doomed to deteriorate as rising competitors band together to challenge the existing world order. As the United States pivots from hegemony to competition, the Department of Defense is adjusting its capabilities to confront the Chinese Communist Party and the Russian oligarchy. The U.S. Marine Corps may be considered at the forefront of the rapidly changing force structure. These changes will not rely on the acquisition of new weapons systems for success. Instead, the capacity of Marines to accommodate new ways of thinking, norming chaotic processes, and adapt to dynamic operational environments will determine their outcome. This volume provides a window into how current and future Marine leaders will grapple with this historic challenge.


Introduction: The Challenge of Change

Matthew R. Slater, PhD

Chapter One. Self-Sustaining Warriors in Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations

Major Stafford A. Buchanan, USMC

Chapter Two. Logistics Command and Control in Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations: The Need for Persistent Satellite Internet

Major Gloria C. Luedtke, USMC

Chapter Three. Seabasing in the Indo-Pacific Region: A Strategic Perspective

Major Nicholas S. Lybeck, USMC

Chapter Four. A Case for Mutual Security in the Indo-Pacific

Major Marianne C. Sparklin, USMC

Chapter Five. Marine Corps Multidomain Reconnaissance in Great Power Competition

Major Matthew R. Hart, USMC

Chapter Six. Preparing to Confront China in Armed Conflict and the Gray Zone

Major Kendall J. Ignatz, USMC

Chapter Seven. Unleash the Kraken: A Novel Marine Corps Formation for Littoral Warfare

Lieutenant Colonel Thomas E. Driscoll, USMC

Chapter Eight. Cold Feet: A Posture for the Marine Corps of 2030 on NATO’s Northern Flank

Major Alexander T. Luedtke, USMC

Conclusion: Emergent Themes and Final Thoughts

Matthew R. Slater, PhD

6 x 9 paperback
224 pages
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