Current State of the U.S. Marine Corps, Hearing Before the Committee on Armed Services, United States House of Representatives, One Hundred Fifteenth Congress, First Session, April 5, 2017 [open pdf - 174KB]
This is a testimony compilation of the April 5, 2017 hearing on "The Current State of the U.S. Marine Corps" held before the House Committee on Armed Services. From the statement of Ronald Bailey and Michael Dana: "Over 15 years of conflict in Afghanistan and Iraq, we have focused investment and resources on ensuring Marines were prepared for the current fight. During that time, those conflicts consumed much of the life for many of our legacy equipment systems while modernization was necessarily delayed. A focus on those operations, the decrease in funding levels, fiscal instability, and the lack of an operational reprieve have left your Marine Corps in a state that is not optimized for the future. Under the current funding levels and those we stand to face in the near future - the current Continuing Resolution and the Budget Control Act (BCA) - your Marine Corps will experience increasingly significant challenges to the institutional readiness required to deter aggression and fight and win our Nation's battles." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Ronald Bailey and Michael Dana.
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