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To deal with aggressors ranging from regular troops to ragtag insurgents, in venues from crowded cities to trackless mountains, the Pentagon is developing smaller, more flexible fighting forces built to rapidly adapt to continuing change. With defense spend- ing under increasing scrutiny, efficiency and cost control are concurrent concerns. Focused on rapid response since its founding, the US Marine Corps has deployed
Marine Expeditionary Units to trouble spots around the world for more than 200 years. Te Corps’ flexibility depends on its support operations, including such services as in-theater repair and fabrication units that provide immediate machining and welding capability. In line with trends towards increased speed and efficiency, the Corps recently add-
ed advanced abrasive waterjet technology to its on-site metalworking arsenal. Abrasive waterjet machines precisely cut a wide range of materials of various thicknesses, from advanced composites to exotic alloys to traditional metals, while generating no heat
US Marines deploy waterjet cutting for in-theater rapid response repair.
A V-22 Osprey en route to Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan in 2011. The Omax waterjet once machined 2000 titanium washers for an Osprey.