Neller: Marine Corps readiness story is uneven; Corps headed back to basics

The leaders of each of the branches of the military usually list readiness as the thing that keeps them up at nights. The Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. Robert Neller, laid out a stark assessment of his force’s readiness in remarks at the Center for Strategic and International Studies this week. He discussed readiness with CSIS’s Kathleen Hicks, former Principal Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Policy. General Neller detailed where the Marine Corps is today, and where it’s come from; specific areas of achievement and need in readiness; and the role of both technology and old-fashioned fighting skills in 21st-century war fighting.

Photo: Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Robert B. Neller listens to a question at the Center for Strategic International Studies, Washington, D.C., Aug., 9, 2016. Neller spoke about the current state of the Marine Corps, and answered questions from the audience. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Samantha K. Draughon/Released)

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