Marine headquarters could shutter, troop and equipment cuts also likely

      The United States Marine Corps is facing cuts to personnel and equipment, along with the shutdown of a high-profile East Coast command headquarters, due to budget issues.

      Government Executive magazine reports that the lead author of the Defense Departments Quadrennial Review says that his plans for Marine troop strength are about 4,000 Marines higher than the 2011 Budget Control Act is requiring.

      Other cutbacks could come to the Corps stock of tanks and artillery. It could also lead to the shutdown of a three-star expeditionary force headquarters at Camp LeJeune in North Carolina.

      That headquarters would likely be merged with a facility in Norfolk, Government Executive reports.