This article discusses challenges faced by the U.S. Marine Corps Force Design 2030 (FD2030) in dealing with island garrisons during conflicts.



  1. Captain (USN) Carl O. Schuster is a career naval officer who, on retirement, was the director of operations at the US Pacific Command’s Joint Intelligence Center.
  2. He emphasises the need for survival strategies and support against well-armed adversaries, including integrated air and missile defence or agile deployment tactics.
  3. He questions the US Navy's ability to support garrisons.
  4. Suggests using modified ships or seaplanes for rapid movement.
  5. He concludes by urging a more comprehensive approach to preserve the Marine Corps combat capabilities.