Shrinking the military is never my idea of a good thing. Im kinda partial to having the trained personnel and equipment I need when I deploy. I guess I like to win. One of the biggest issues I see is our military being reduced so thin that when the time comes to fulfil ALL the commitments, we are going to be doing more with less, without the things we need and which is not the way to do business. That’s the way to get dead. Remember, those that the US military its telling “No thanks we don’t need you anymore” and booting out of the military (into a real work friendly environment) are the ones who are battle tested through the Iraq & Afghanistan campaign. Sure, our service branches will train new recruits like no other. However, battle trains some like no other and we are telling those with battle tested skills good bye. When you tell them good bye, you simply don’t regenerate that kind of combat power again…..unless you go to war for another ten years.
I guess if you don’t actually have to go to do the fighting it doesn’t matter to you as much, but to those of us that do deploy, it’s pretty damn important. Like coming home or not important.
Time for a CGar
Marine commander fears amphibious ships shortage
The US Navy's fleet of amphibious assault ships may dip below the 33 hulls judged necessary by service chiefs as a result of budget constraints, a senior US Marine Corps (USMC) officer hinted in a Navy League address in Arlington, Virginia, on 18 January.
Lieutenant General Richard Mills, commander of Marine Corps Combat Development Command, indicated that the navy was considering the early retirement of a number of amphibious ships, such as landing platform docks (LPDs), to save money.
"We're going to be chasing it," Lt Gen Mills said. "Although that number  may not be realised, at least in the near term, we are working very close with the navy to make sure we have the amphibious lift that we need."
The USMC has long held the view that 33 amphibious ships is the minimum required to deploy two marine expeditionary brigades (MEBs) – notionally comprising about 29,000 troops – for a contested landing. The figure was approved by the then secretary of defence, Robert Gates, in late 2010; previously the marines had argued for 38 amphibious ships.
The capabilities of modern vessels such as the San Antonio-class LPDs, together with increased maintenance efficiencies, would minimise the impact of any drop below the 33-ship floor, Lt Gen Mills told reporters. However, the USMC was "still concerned that we'll have the adequate ships that we need," he added.
Jane's has previously reported that the US Navy planned to decommission three Whidbey Island-class dock landing ships as part of the proposed 2013 budget. The final amphibious force structure will probably become clear on 26 January, when all the US armed services will release their major programmatic decisions ahead of the budget roll-out on 6 February.