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Air Cooperation Revisited

Allow the ACE to work more closely with ground units

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A Study of Military Theory

Making MCDP 1 accessible to junior Marines using Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game

Making MCDP 1 accessible to junior Marines using Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game

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Free Play Training

A recipe for combat success

It is fitting that Marine Corps Doctrinal Publication 1-3 (MCDP 1-3), Tactics y leads its final chapter, "Making It Happen," with the quote at right from one of the preeminent originators of "counterinsurgency."1 Today's strategists and futurists firmly believe that the contemporary and future

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An Amphibious Resurrection

Operation CHROMITE, 15 September 1950

Operation CHROMITE, 15 September 1950The landing at Inchon, Korea - Operation CHROMITE - is one of the most important examples of amphibious warfare in history, as it is an example of maneuver warfare par excellence and rescued amphibious warfare from possible oblivion. The purpose of this article

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A Counter to ‘Air Cooperation’


Chase Prize Essay winner misses the mark



The recent first place MajGen Harold W. Chase Prize Essay Contest winner, titled “Air Cooperation and the Marine Corps: An alternative vision for the employment of Marine fixed-wing aircraft,” was printed in the September 2013 issue of the Marine Corps Gazette. The article’s two authors, Majs Gregory Thiele and Mitchell Rubenstein, argue that Marine aviation

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Wanted: Critical Thinkers

A critical approach to recruiting critical thinkers

Marine Corps Doctrinal Publication 1, Warfighting (MCDP 1), authoritatively states that “the military profession is a thinking profession,” yet a frequent topic of discussion in the pages of the Marine Corps Gazette is the difficulty of developing critical thinking skills in Marine officers.1 The persistence of this theme implies that these essential skills are not

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The Re(al) Awakening

Thoughts on the direction of the postwar Marine Corps

Our Commandant and his generals are right: We have a behavioral problem within the Corps. The Marine Corps badly needs an awakening—perhaps just not the one our generals envision. The Corps needs to enforce its standards, but appears to be neglecting its most advantageous and most decisive one:

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Operational Art

The complexity of the modern battlefield

The American military’s painful Vietnam War experience and the doctrinal and technological revelations of the 1973 Arab-Israeli War drew attention to its demoralized and unprepared state. It became evident that the U.S. Armed Forces required a complete overhaul in order to contend with future potential adversaries.1 As a result, the military underwent a dramatic transformation

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Equipping the Force

Ten guidelines

Then-LTC Paul Yingling, USA, famously published “A Failure in Generalship” (Armed Forces Journal, 1 May 2007) at the height of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM (OIF), cautioning that the United States was at risk of losing a second war in a generation. Deliberately forgotten lessons from Vietnam had threatened success in OIF. Success in OIF was also

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Maneuver Warfare: A defense

Reaffirm MCDP 1

Since the last revision of Marine Corps Doctrinal Publication 1 (MCDP 1), Warfighting 17 years ago, the Marine Corps’ fighting philosophy has proven itself time and again. The flexibility of the maneuver warfare ethos allowed the Marine Corps to pivot from brutally effective major combat operations to low-intensity counterinsurgency operations all while maintaining our crisis

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