• The current approach to teaching and executing the enemy’s most likely course of action (EMLCOA) analysis at the company grade officer level is flawed because it allows cognitive traps to stifle empathy and creative thought. A new methodology is required that eliminates those traps and provides an...
  • In 1999, Marine Corps Commandant Gen Charles C. Krulak wrote a Marines Magazine (HQMC, Washington, DC) article titled “The Strategic Corporal: Leadership in the Three-Block War.” In this document he clearly described the critical role small unit leaders would play on the 21st-century battlefield,...
  • In a world of international civil unrest and uncertainty, the Corps continues to prepare its Marines for the eventuality of combat on tomorrow's battlefield. On the 26th of May 1997, I delivered a Memorial Day address at a solemn ceremony on one of the Marine Corps’ most sacred battlefields:...
  • "You’re done, you hear me? Get out of my sight, and you’re not going back to your unit. I don’t want you around my Marines!” That was the coldest I’ve ever seen the old man, his eyes wide and frigidly serious. Was he really doing this? Is this really happening? Next, the sergeant major escorts me...
  • Today’s small unit leaders lack the appropriate tools needed to instill discipline and core values in junior Marines. The Corps’ image is being tarnished on a daily basis by Marines violating core values and ethical standards, with blame being cast up and down the ranks. AlMar 013/04 states that it...
  • Simply put, Marines fight battles. That’s what we do. Being a Marine is a calling and we are a unique warrior class. When Marines return from the fight, there is another battle that must be waged inside their hearts and minds. This is not new amongst warriors; it is as old as war, yet we still...
  • The modern battlefield is providing servicemembers an incredible ability to connect with their loved ones, tap into unlimited social media networks, and much more, as expeditionary technology is delivering connectivity around the world and in the most extreme environments imaginable. In certain...
  • I have no intention of explaining how the correspondence, which I now offer to the public, fell into my hands. The general who authored them is almost certainly retired, for he writes with such careless disregard—and one might suggest some contempt—for our beloved Corps. The young captain to whom...
  • The concept of psychiatric casualties in war is not new, and has been described as far back as the earliest recordings of armed conflict. Thus it is no surprise that a decade-long war, conducted on two fronts, has taken a significant toll on the well-being of our fighting force. The increase in...
  • Though most people intuitively understand the need for assessments, their practical application is elusive. During the past deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, our MEF command elements have struggled to execute assessments in a way that would add meaningful value to the decisionmaking processes of...

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