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-- Moscow is a “formidable” potential adversary while the U.S. Navy and
Marine Corps as “marginal” in meeting today’s requirements, according to
a new report from the Heritage Foundation released on Wednesday.
Specifically, in Heritage’s 2017 Index of Military Strength, the Navy
was ranked “marginal” in its ability to meet operational requirements,
“strong” in readiness and “weak” in capability due to by aging platforms
and troubled modernization programs and “marginal” in being able to
meet operational requirements.
The report rated the Marine Corps as “marginal” because of its continued high operating tempo and low funding.
“As was the case in preceding years, the Index assess that the Corps
has only two-thirds of the combat units that it actually needs,
especially when accounting for expanded requirements” including cyber
and crisis response forces,” read the report.