Commentary: The US military needs to prepare for more operations along the world's coastlines
11/02/12: Foreign Policy published an article by Richard Mills arguing that the US needs to focus more on naval capacity. Maritime nations make up 80 percent of the international community, increasing the likelihood that the next crisis or regional conflict will occur within the operational reach of US naval forces. With the initial response capability and decision room it provides, the naval force represents the leading edge, forward operating force called for in the nation's power projection strategy. As a critical element in that strategy, the Marine Corps conducts operations to deter and combat adversaries or deny them the ability to exert their will on US interests. However, further refinement of aggregated operations and littoral maneuver is required to exploit our at-sea advantage.