One thing that was absent in the MEFEX were tanks, as the USMC gets rid of some of its heavy equipment to travel light and save money for newer technology.
Beaudreault said the exercise proved that allies can fill the gaps and Marine aviators can ‘kill armor at ranges that exceed a tank gunner.’
The exercise culminated with one of the longest tactical convoys in recent Marine Corps history.
Members of Combat Logistics Regiment 27, led by a first lieutenant, completed a 916-mile tactical convoy from New York to North Carolina in two-and-a-half days. Beaudreault called it a tremendous accomplishment, adding‘it's not unrealistic to think that, based on where the enemy is and based on where we are, and the distances that we're going to have to cover to push an enemy out, that we may have to go those distances.’
A group of ships or vehicles traveling together.
The automated driving technology for Army convoy operations is in progress.