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Editor’s note: This piece was coauthored by Colonel Patrick J. Gough, USMC (Retired)San Diego is a major strategic stronghold critical to U.S. national security.  As such, this also makes it a preeminent military target for America’s geopolitical adversaries in China, Russia, Iran, North Korea, and non-state terrorist organizations.We have previously authored three position pieces detailing the merit of a second opening to San Diego Bay in order to sharply diminish the viability of this targeting.  These were written from the perspectives of the 1) U.S. Navy and U.S. national security, 2) environment, and 3) regional economic boom potential.Today, we are presenting a fourth position from the perspective of the potential impact on the deployment and sustainability of the U.S. Marine Corps, access to naval repair facilities, and the all-important logistics of sustaining the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps.The Marine Corps’ deployment vulnerability issue has largely gone unnoticed thus far, but it is of paramount importance.  For the first three decades of the 20th century, the U.S. Navy was content with Pearl Harbor as the forward operating base for a portion of the U.S. Pacific Fleet.  That posture was sufficient until the rapid expansion of the Imperial Japanese Empire in the 1930’s.  This …

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