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Making Thinking Warriors

An interview with Gen Alfred M. Gray, the 29th Commandant

The approach to "leading by example" expressed by this tough, thinking warrior was developed over a career spanning enlistment in 1950, service as a infantry Marine and reconnaissance NCO through commissioning, command at every level, from the Corps'first signals intelligence unit and later 1st

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PME

The MCU President responds

[...]SSgt Matthew P. Petitgout's March 2018 article, "The Reading List and Quarterly PME," suggests revamping both the Commandant's Reading List and Quarterly PME programs to achieve greater educational benefit for Marines. [...]GySgt Jay C. Barnard's "Educational Value" asks our Corps' leaders, "

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The Battle of Belleau Wood

Why the Marines won

If you follow the attack path of 2/5 across the wheatfield, toward the end of the assault path of 2/5, there is a kind of depression that would offer cover to a standing man from the German machine guns known to have been off to 2/5's left flank at Hill 169. Responding to this accusation, the

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Review of a Review

Letter to the Editor

by Col Michael Wiley, USMC(Ret) I Having been interviewed extensively by Dr. Anthony Piscitelli in writing his excellent The Marine Corps Way of War (Savas Beatie, 2017), I read with special interest Col Tom Greenwood’s review as published in the March Gazette. It was a sentence four paragraphs into the review, where Col Greenwood quotes

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On Cyber

Preparing the 21st century MAGTF to fight in the cyberspace domain

The Marine Corps Operating Concept, published by HQMC in September 2016, asserts, "The 21st century MAGTF executes maneuver warfare through a combined arms approach ... across five domains-air, land, sea, space, and cyberspace." To prepare for armed conflict in the cyberspace domain, the Marine

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Ender’s Galley

A forum for discussing information environment operations

Enders Galley (EG) is here to enter the public forum, and ?t will bring to bear the resources and diverse student body of the Marine Corps Command and Staff College (CSC) to develop new concepts for operations in the information environment. Ender's Galley is a Marine Corps University student-led

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Reinvigorating Maneuver Warfare Through PME

An infantry battalion model

[...]a battalion compositing as a battalion landing team might want to focus effort on the Leadership LOE İn order to build cohesion and esprit de corps and inculcate commander's intent to the SNCOs and officers newly integrated into the team. Primary responsibilities for this billet are to

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The Marine Corps Way of War

Book Review

[...]scores of critical thinkers at all ranks contributed immeasurably to the Corps' institutional learning during those heady years and helped reconcile maneuver warfare with the Marines' combined arms, MAGTF, and expeditionary ethos. There İs no discussion of the after-action analysis that

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Innovation Information War

The known dimensions of conflict

Simultaneously, the information revolution means that reconnaissance (gaining information about the operating environment) and counter-reconnaissance (denying information to the enemy) will become more important than ever before, and winning that competition is integral to Marine Corps operations.

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The 21st Century MAGTF

This article includes extracts and ideas from the MOC

This effort is underpinned by a campaign of learning that integrates force development and Operating Forces' concerns to understand and solve our most vexing warfighting challenges.

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Implementing Maneuver Warfare in Daily Operations

The effects of cell phones and email on the decision-making process

[...]we cannot focus on one problem long enough to develop a solution, "Patterns of Conflict" advises maneuver warfare practitioners to "present many simultaneous and sequential happenings to generate confusion and disorder. [...]we should communicate orally when possible, because we communicate in

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