It is great to see that the Navy is adapting to the 21st Century and increasing its focus on special operations. One thing I was shocked to read in the Pincus article linked to above is:
The Navy has other groups prepared to take part in irregular warfare. One is the Coastal Riverine Force, whose roots go back to the Vietnam War. In June, it merged with the Maritime Expeditionary Force to create units that perform “core maritime expeditionary security missions in green and brown waters . . ."The great blue water U.S. Navy is actually improving its ability to operate in the littorals! Pretty amazing given the service culture.