DOD officials anticipate additional MLR in Indo-Pacific

By Nick Wilson / March 2, 2023 at 3:05 PM
The Marine Corps' newly announced Okinawa-based Marine Littoral Regiment is not the only MLR the service plans to stand up in the region, according to senior Pentagon policy officials who underscored the importance of forward-deployed forces to deter an increasingly aggressive Chinese military. Ely Ratner, assistant secretary of defense for Indo-Pacific security affairs, said the fiscal year 2024 budget will contain “major investments” in capabilities relevant to the Pacific theater, building upon prior initiatives like the creation of MLRs. Speaking...

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