• Without a significant investment in new armor vehicles, the Marine Corps’ current generation vehicle set will be outclassed by the year 2050. The Marine Corps needs to develop new vehicles to counter contemporary armor threats from our adversaries. Our peer competitors are investing in unique and...
  • I am now thoroughly convinced there is something deeply wrong with the part of the Marine Corps occupying the I-95 corridor leading to the Pentagon. What has become painfully apparent to me is the drastic difference between the mindset of the Operating Forces and the Supporting Establishment. While...
  • T he Spartan helmet, shield, sword, spear, greaves, and breast plate are no longer hanging on the CO’s conference room wall. Different pieces of the Spartan gear are now kept at the company offices and displayed front and center on “gear trees” during formations. The right to display the gear is...
  • W hat is perhaps the longest armored raid in military history occurred in August 2014 in Eastern Ukraine. Under then-Col Mikhail Zubrowski, the Ukrainian 95th Air Assault Brigade, which had been reinforced with armor assets and attachments, launched a surprise attack on Separatist lines, broke...
  • The preface of MCDP 1, Warfighting , charges us to read it, reread it, understand it, and take its message to heart. I struggled with that last part. Warfighting is a state of mind. 2 In order to take it to heart, it must be reconciled with existing personal philosophies. 3 Marines are more than...
  • When you hear “amphibious operations” or “landing operations,” what do you imagine? Some of you may recall movie scenes of Normandy or Iwo Jima. Normandy is famous as the French northwest coast where the largest landing operation in history was conducted in June 1944 during World War II (WWII). Iwo...
  • Since at least 2007, when Frank Hoffman published his “Conflict in the 21st Century: The Rise of Hybrid Wars,” 1 many Marines have wrestled intellectually with the challenge of confronting a hybrid conflict, “a diverse and dynamic combination of regular forces, irregular forces, and/or criminal...
  • You would have to be living in the Unabomber’s old cabin for the past couple years to not be aware of the exponential increase of commercially available small unmanned aerial systems (C-sUAS) being used recreationally, as well as by state and non-state actors. These sUAS have been observed dropping...
  • W ith recent improvements of optics, software, and the addition of weapons to ground robotics, the unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) has matured to the point that it is ready to be incorporated into the Marine infantry battalions. As the technology will only continue to develop, it is important that...
  • L eaders have published countless books and articles about three frustrating topics that plague our infantrymen: lightening his load, increasing his speed, and the atrophying of his skills to operate among restricted terrain. Every infantryman is acquainted with the crushing weight of a sustainment...

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