November 2011 Archive

Trust

I recently reread LtGen Robert B. Neller’s “An Open Letter to the “Young Turks” in the November 2011 issue of the Gazette. I want to highlight and expound on one item on which he is absolutely correct: that centralized training requirements do not indicate a lack of trust. From the letter: “...

Evans Carlson, Marine Innovator

BGen Evans Carlson I wanted to highlight one of my favorite Marine innovators in the hope of getting a discussion going. Few Marines know who he was, but every Marine has utilized his ideas at some point in their careers. That innovator is Brigadier General Evans Carlson, one of the founders of the...

Thought Of The Week: November 18, 2011

Both the young turks and the senior leadership have valid points. The good news is they have dialogue. Agree or disagree? Leave your ideas as comments. To learn more about the subject, please click here.

Reinforcing Fires

For my first post, I want to reiterate Maj Munson’s points about institutional agility and intellectual debate. As Colonel Robert Dobson pointed out in the November issue of the Marine Corps Gazette , the Marine Corps is entering a period of austerity. The Marine Corps is no stranger to...

Ellis Reconstructed

Peter makes some excellent points. We hope this blog leads to frank and professional discussions about the issues that face the Corps. As a point I note the photo he posted of Pete Ellis. When the Corps asked Col Avery Chenoweth to turn the iconic photo into an oil painting, they gave him an order...

A Forum for Professional Marine Dialogue

Marines, we live at what may be looked back upon as a critical junction of history. While we have collectively spent the last decade locked in combat in two theaters, our experiences may not seem quite as historic as those epic battles we have read and heard about since the first day we thought...