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The Marine Corps must intellectually return to our maritime roots with a renewed focus on naval integration, especially in light of increasing challenges to access and entry in and around the littorals. This means preserving the credibility and capability of  forward and ready naval forces that fully leverage modern amphibious platforms, exploring alternative approaches to power projection, and integrating MAGTF forces from amphibious warfare ships, expeditionary land bases and auxiliary ships with other forward forces. The MAGTF must increase its role in supporting Sea Control and Power Projection as a cohesive naval force unit when operating in a distributed manner. The Marine Corps will accomplish this by integrating command structures, creating lodgments, and employing Expeditionary Advanced Bases (EABs) to conduct littoral operations in a contested environment.