(both in equipment design and in operational modes), surprise, speed, and precision in attacking opponents. Precision will enable massing of firepower and rapid massing of forces from great distances, at decisive locations and times. Much more naval force logistic support will be based at sea than has been the case in the past. Finally, the ground forces will use novel weapons, systems, and techniques that can mitigate the destruction and high friendly and civilian casualties that go with fighting in populated areas. Such techniques will be designed for use against organized military forces and against irregulars and terrorist and criminal groups that may attempt to undermine or capitalize on Marine operations for their own ends.

This, then, is the vision evoked by the revolution in the making. What must be done to implement it, and how will the necessary capability be developed?



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