Armed Forces News

Marines and Sailors with the Maritime Raid Force, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, ride in a rigid-hull inflatable boat during a visit, board, search and seizure exercise. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Matthew Teutsch)

The Navy wants to trim the number of active-duty Marines by 2,100 and trim the service’s 2021 budget by $1.4 billion, Seapower magazine reported.

The Trump administration is asking for $207.1 billion for the Navy next year, of which $46 billion would fund the Marine Corps.

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Navy officials justified the decision, saying the cuts would not affect Marine Corps operational units and that the money would be better used to support the “high end fight,” Seapower reported.

The service wants to shift resources toward countering the re-emergence of China and Russia as potential adversaries, and away from conventional wars and counterterrorism operations, the report stated.

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