The BL News-US Marines Train in Extreme cold weather
US Marines Train in Extreme cold weather
After 17 years of war against Taliban and al-Qaida-linked insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S. military is shifting its focus to better prepare for great power competition with Russia and China, and against lethal, unpredictable foes such as North Korea and Iran. To win, U.S. forces must be able to survive and to fight while countering drones, sophisticated jamming equipment, and other electronic and cyber warfare that can track them, disrupt their communications and potentially kill them - technology they didn't routinely face over the last decade.
Navigating the environment is also part of warfare. Extreme cold weather training is now the focus for some US Marines. At the Marine Corps' Mountain Warfare Training Center, south of Lake Tahoe, commanders are training troops for the next war - one the U.S. believes will be against a more capable, high tech enemy like Russia, or China. The weather conditions on the mountain mimic the kind of frigid fighting conditions that forces could face in one of those future encounters.
Nearly 8,000 feet up in the mountains, the air is thin, the snow is chest high and the temperature is plunging.
The cold and wet conditions force the Marines to use snowshoes and cross-country skis to get around.
The US Marine Corps, Major General William F. Mullen, changed its training in the mountain course and Twentynine Palms Marine Base 400 miles south. Instead of scripted exercises, trainers map out general objectives and let the Marines make their own battle decisions, replicating a more unpredictable combat situation.
Rather than fighting from forward operating bases that stretched across Iraq and Afghanistan, complete with security forces and chow halls, commanders say troops now have to be more expeditionary -- providing their own protection and support. And they must prepare for a more formidable, high-tech enemy.
That and more can be found on our website, for the BL News, I’m Rich Crankshaw, we’ll see ya next time.
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