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T his is a story only Kael Weston can tell. John Kael Weston, a diplomat on assignment for the U.S. Department of State, may not have donned the MARPAT (Marine pattern) uniform over the course of his seven years in Iraq and Afghanistan, but he shared the hardships and dangers with Marines at the...
For Marines, Fallujah is an unforgettable city of violence and lore. Now, there may be another reason to remember it. More than ten years after the events of Operation PHANTOM FURY, Joby Warrick, author of Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS, tracks the evolution of today’s most feared terrorist group...
Arnold Punaro’s memoir, On War and Politics , roars through his multiple, yet connected, stellar careers—an active and Reserve Marine (ultimately a major general), a civilian in government on Capitol Hill under Senator Sam Nunn, and in business. Throughout it all, Punaro’s experiences harken back...
B efore completing the next three sentences, stop what you’re doing. Go online and purchase Scales On War: The Future of America’s Military at Risk . Your MOS doesn’t matter. Neither does your rank. If you’re a Marine at heart—and subsequently believe that our Corps’ foundation is built around our...
The American people will call upon their Marines to fight and win the first battle of the next war (or, more accurately, to prevent that full-scale next war) on some distant battlefield far from home-based logistics support. This will require the utmost care in selecting and preparing the best...
ON WAR AND POLITICS, THE BATTLEFIELD INSIDE WASHINGTON’S BELTWAY by Arnold L. Punaro with David Poyer Arnold Punaro’s memoir, On War and Politics , roars through his multiple, yet connected, stellar careers—an active and Reserve Marine (ultimately a major general), a civilian in government on...
Dr. Ben Jensen's Forging the Sword is a timely contribution to a surge in innovation scholarship. He notes that modern militaries tend to lock in core competencies, processes, and routines, building an "iron cage" that crowds out the opportunity for innovative changes. But sometimes organizations...
F ahim Speaks is a story that every Marine should read. Fahim Fazli has exemplified our Corps’ values of honor, courage, and commitment throughout his life’s journey. Fahim is a Hollywood movie actor who left the bright lights of Hollywood fame and fortune to serve as an interpreter with the 3d...
This is J.R.T. Wood’s seventh work of history about Sub-Saharan Africa. It is his fourth book dealing with the constitutional and military history of Rhodesia and its quest for sovereignty in the period from the 1950s through the 1970s. When this was not solved by negotiation, a bitter conflict was...
A s the Marine Corps in creasingly fights alongside Special Operations Forces (SOF), Marine leaders need to know what SOF can and can’t do for the Corps. The Marine Corps has gained greater understanding of SOF with the addition of Marine Special Operations Command (MARSOC), but there is still a...

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