Common wisdom has SOCOM as the tip of the spear in this century. Policy makers are increasing the size of that organization while the conventional forces are being reduced. Silly move and it can be categorized as style over substance.
Against a population that has effective law enforcement and even a marginal armed forces, units like the Navy SEALs can be hunted down and eradicated. They are simply too lightly equipped to survive against a large, organized enemy.
Even with that being said, SOCOM is due to increase in size from over three US Army Divisions to almost four. I can't explain the thinking behind that but it is in error.
A balanced force that brings an amazing amount of firepower is the Marine Expeditionary Unit. It has 2200 men and is capable of unsupported combat operations for up to 15 days...(via Wikipedia)....
A typical MEU has approximately 2,200 Marines and sailors. It is equipped with:That my friends is a capable, medium weight force that is deployed world wide and because we have several of these MEU's afloat at any one time, they are able to respond to trouble spots quite rapidly.
MV-22 Osprey replacing the CH-46, the Marine Personnel Carrier replacing the LAV-25, the F-35 Lightning II, the Ch-53K Super Stallion replacing the CH-53, and the H-1 upgrade program (where the AH-1Z Viper and UH-1Y Venom replace the AH-1W and UH-1N).
MARSOC is NOT the face of the Marine Corps and they are NOT the tip of the Marine Corps' spear.
Its the MEU.
The MEU is the tip of America's spear and the Battalion Landing Team is the tip of the MEU.