Before leaving his position as Secretary of Defense in 2010, Robert Gates of- fered a wake-up call in a speech to the Marine Corps Association in 2010: “It [is] time to redefine the purpose and size of the Marine Corps.” The perception even then was that the Marine Corps had become too big, too heavy, and too far removed from its maritime roots.
Kozloski, Robert P.
"Marching toward the Sweet Spot,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 66
, Article 3.
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