The Navy and Marine Corps are still struggling to establish necessary readiness after years of continuous warfare and budget constraints, a leading conservative think tank believes. Seapower magazine reported that a white paper published by the Washington, D.C.-based Heritage Foundation stated that both services are “marginal” and “weak” in capacity. By comparison, the think tank considered the Air Force as “marginal” as well, while rating the Army as “very strong.”
The Heritage report stated that the Navy needs to expand to a 400-ship fleet, up from the present 290 and planned 355. The Marine Corps has only 24 infantry battalions and needs 36, Heritage believes.