Expeditionary Hogs and Blue Water Bones

USNI Blog – While the composition of the surface combatant force is frequently discussed, the composition of Marine air wings and land-based Navy platforms remains relatively unexamined. This is partly due to the success of the P-8A and the tri-service initial operating capability of F-35s. However, both Marine Corps air wings and Navy Tactical Air have glaring capability holes, which could be filled by repurposing Air Force platforms. The U.S. Navy should acquire B-1s and Marine Corps A-10s. This acquisition is both tactically and operationally advantageous, is fiscally sound, and logistically achievable in the near term.