• The first CH-53K King Stallion was delivered to MCAS New River, NC. The helicopter's arrival to New River enters it into the Supportability Test Plan where Marines will conduct a logistics assessment on the maintenance, sustainment, and overall aviation logistics support of the King Stallion. The...
  • “ We must constantly evaluate ourselves ... place a critical eye on ourselves ... be willing to take a hard look at how we conduct business ... ask the hard questions ... and have the foresight and courage to take on new initiatives .”—Col W. I. Whaley, Enlisted PME Vision 2010 Plan 6 April 1999...
  • The light armored reconnaissance community is wrestling with fundamental issues stemming from the recent development process of the armored reconnaissance vehicle (ARV), which has already looked at integrating a number of advanced technologies. While there are many arguments for and against certain...
  • On a foggy night in October 2016, the Taliban shot down a Mi-17 helicopter in Baghlan Province, northern Afghanistan. Two pilots, two crew chiefs, and nine ANA (National Army) soldiers died instantly. Ahmad Shah Shirzad was one of the crew chiefs. Shirzad started his service as an Afghan Commando...
  • In this article, we examine which Marine Corps initiatives are in the works relative to an active protective system (APS), specifically, Trophy. On the modern battlefield, the adversary’s ability to employ ATGMs, RPGs, and recoilless rifles poses a significant threat to U.S. ground combat vehicles...
  • With maneuver warfare tenets, we will always seek a gap in the enemy’s defense to exploit and attack. The MAGTF’s ability to land at a place of our choosing and rapidly build combat power ashore allows it to fight and win a battle. However, finding a weak point in the enemy’s defense does not mean...
  • Small unit decision making is the center of gravity in maneuver warfare. How we develop critical-thinking decision makers decisively impacts unit performance on the battlefield. MCDP 1-0 states, “For any action to be truly decisive it must lead to a result larger than the action itself.” 1 In...
  • The Deputy Commandants for Installations & Logistics and Aviation recently teamed to support the reactivation of Marine Wing Support Group (MWSG) Headquarters-27 and -37 in fiscal year 2019. Despite recent force reductions and redesign efforts, the requirement to bring back the MWSG to plan,...
  • LtGen Victor H. “Brute” Krulak once said that “the United States does not need a Marine Corps. The United States wants a Marine Corps.” He attributed this to our ability to fight on short notice and win. The Marine Corps Operating Concept ( MOC ) acknowledges that “the Marine Corps is currently not...
  • As we built the 2018 Marine Aviation Plan, we at Headquarters Marine Corps Aviation ran into a fundamental question: what is the next-generation MAGTF, and what capabilities are we pursuing to contribute to it? What do we in aviation bring to the fight? We discuss daily this next generation of...

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