NOTE: I've recently mentioned the need to actually design forces capable of fighting in the Pacific. I contend that those types of forces will be totally different from what we have today. From the short legged F-22 to the underarmed, undermanned and under equipped LCS, we will need to rethink our strategy/procurement. For the Marines, at the top of the list should be a high speed replacement for the LCU-1600 class. If the Marine Expeditionary Brigade is the new "Unit of Action" and if Army's Heavy Brigade Combat Teams are going to flow into theater then we need a replacement asap. See the article below for one option. Of particular interest is that the author has seen fit to arms his landing craft. I find such thinking refreshing.