Marine Corps Commandant Gen. David Berger has voiced surprise at the “lack of trust” shown by critics of his restructuring plan, Force Design 2030, aimed at preparing the force for stealthier and more distributed operations. Berger defended the plan as the product of many minds, countering critics who believe the restructuring was the work of a small group. Despite strong opposition from a group of retired Marine leaders, Force Design has largely gained support in Congress and the Pentagon.
- Gen. David Berger, the Marine Corps commandant, was taken aback by the strong opposition and lack of trust shown towards his restructuring initiative, Force Design 2030.
- The restructuring plan involves a shift towards more stealthy and distributed operations, which has resulted in the reduction of traditional equipment like tanks and some artillery.
- A group of retired Marine leaders has voiced concerns that the proposed changes could limit the Marines’ readiness to respond to diverse crises. This group has written multiple op-eds and sought Congress’s intervention to prevent the changes.
- Despite the criticisms, Force Design 2030 has mostly gained support from Congress, the Pentagon, and think-tank experts. Berger stressed that a large number of Marines across different ranks worked on developing and refining the plan.
- As Berger’s term comes to an end on July 10, incoming commandant Gen. Eric Smith has expressed his commitment to continuing and even accelerating the implementation of Force Design 2030.