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Subject: Marines Corp Joins SOCOM
Galrahn    11/1/2005 10:54:08 PM
While everyone knew this was going to happen after 9/11, I have to say I am glad to see it. I particularly like the force structure added. "If they bring a full component of 2,500, it will be a special operations Marine Air-Ground Task Force," says U.S. Navy Commander Mark Divine, a SEAL officer who was tasked with observing the prototype unit in action and then writing the Proof of Concept report. "In addition to the air component, you'll have your 'shooters,' who are Recon Marines. Then there will be a logistical component, and a huge intelligence component." http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/library/news/2005/11/mil-051101-afps03.htm http://www.nationalreview.com/smitht/smith200510260906.asp I can't help but wonder how the approach the Marine Corp brings to SOCOM won't redefine SOCOM. Think about it, the Marine Corp has always been about bringing every possible asset with them as apart of the overall Marine Corp unit structure. SOCOM has traditionally been very reliant on other assets outside of SOCOM to fulfill roles the Marine Corp always included. Will the Marine Corp change the way SOCOM operates, or will SOCOM change the way the other branches operate? I am just wondering, now that all branches have brought their special mission capability to SOCOM, does this pave the way for SOCOM becoming its own branch of the US Armed Services, including its own budget for land, sea, and air procurement?
 
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ambush    RE:Marines Corp Joins SOCOM   11/4/2005 9:26:40 PM
>>Will the Marine Corp change the way SOCOM operates, or will SOCOM change the way the other branches operate? I am just wondering, now that all branches have brought their special mission capability to SOCOM, does this pave the way for SOCOM becoming its own branch of the US Armed Services, including its own budget for land, sea, and air procurement<< This would seem to be a logical idea. An organization with the importance of SOCOM should nto have to beg borrow or steal assets that it needs. A situation not much different than what what the UK's Ombined Operations faced in World War II. Even the Marine COprs ahs to fight witht eh Navy over certain "Blue Dollar" aviation spending. The Marine Corps as an organization could serve as a model for SOCOM as a Separate Service. There may even be some merit itno transforming the Corps into that Service.
 
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