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Threats Defeated Through Doctrine

Art and science in warfare

Art and science in warfare In the history of man, war has existed as a function of expression and a problem-solving solution. [...]some believe current Marine Corps doctrine does not prepare Marines to perform maneuver warfare concepts. [...]Marine Corps maneuver warfare concepts described in MCDP

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Cultivating Critical and Strategic Thinkers

Learning from the past, preparing for the future1

[...]remembering his emphasis in the context of current PME challenges, including what teaching methodologies are most appropriate, will be useful. According to Kenneth Andrews' classic definition, a case is a carefully written description of an actual situation in business which provokes in the

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People First

Inspiring an intellectual renaissance to reinvigorate strategic thinking in the Marine Corps

Critical Thinking, PME, and Maneuver Warfare After the decades-long Vietnam war effort, the United States faced great challenges, including a great power competition with the Soviet Union, a burgeoning terrorist threat, an inflationravaged economy, and the transition to the All-Volunteer Force.3

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On War’s Continued Relevancy

The throng and nature of war

First was his extensive combat service, beginning in 1793 and including the time spent writing On War between 1816 and 1830. [...]was the influence of the changing intellectual environment in Prussia amidst the German movement, which challenged much of the Enlightenment's way of thinking. The work

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Educating the Enlisted Marine

How much longer will we fall short?

Education in the Marine Corps as dictated by MCDP 1 should be three tiered: the education establishment, the commander, and the individual.7 First, the professional schools of the Marine Corps should focus not only on the technical skills required in that specific field, but also the application of

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Damn the Torpedoes

A rebuttal

[...]Lieutenant General Stop ford enjoyed a ten-to-one local numerical superiority for two full days at Suvla Bay.3 Had he attacked aggressively with the force he had, there is little question that he could have cut the peninsula in two and established a foothold to expand the lodgment ashore. The

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Intellectual Renaissance

Post-Vietnam reforms and the development of a new warfighting philosophy

In 1973, President Richard M. Nixon ended the draft and the U.S. shifted to an All-Volunteer Force (AVF), emphasizing the importance of quality recruitment.^ Mounting casualties at the end of Vietnam and the Watergate scandal altered American's faith in government leaders and discredited the

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A New Conception of War

Book Review

[...]individuals outside the Marine Corps believe "that technological progress by future adversaries has made amphibious assaults too hazardous. The book also illustrates how Boyd's ideas on warfare were instrumental in assisting the Marine Corps refigure itself in the post-Vietnam era by helping

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The 2035 GCE

The future vision

Rapid growth of megacities coupled with demographic shifts will stress traditional social norms, resources, and infrastructure-setting the stage for imbalance, unrest, and potential conflict.9 The "three-block" war is likely to evolve to a "three-floor war" where actions occur among an

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A New Conception of War

Book Review

Maj Brown puts Boyd's ideas and the debates surrounding the introduction of maneuver warfare into their context as the Marines sought to learn from their decade in Southeast Asia. Additionally, similar to the conclusion of the Vietnam War, there are debates about the utility of amphibious warfare

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Warfighting Revisited

Letter to the Editor

by Col Thomas C. Greenwood Rarely do book reviews elicit spirited responses, so I am both honored and pleased that my critique of Dr. Anthony J. Piscitellis, The Marine Corps Way of War (MCG, Marl 8) did so, generating subsequent commentary from the author and a leading maneuver warfare advocate from the 1980s, Col Mike

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