What we anticipate seldom occurs;
What we least expected generally happens.
EXERCISE SILVER LANCE, conducted on the California Coast during March, 1965, was designed to confront commanders at all levels with situations which they least expected. SILVER LANCE introduced a wide array of rapidly changing military and political situations approximating those which Marines may be obliged to face [and are facing] in many parts of the world today. Three primary training objectives emerged:
* To combat insurgency in a short-of-war setting.
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