February 2012 Archive

Restructuring the Corps Into a MEB-Centric Fighting Force

The organization chart the Corps needs to change. Marines, In 1991 and 2002 the Marine Corps Gazette published two articles that directly relate to [the current] downsizing of the U.S. Marine Corps while retaining a viable capability to seek out, close with and destroy the enemy. The 1st was titled...

How The Marine Corps Can Reinvent Itself

Marines, In 1991 and 2002 the Marine Corps Gazette published two articles that directly relate to [the current] downsizing of the U.S. Marine Corps while retaining a viable capability to seek out, close with and destroy the enemy. The 1st was titled: "Twelve Brigades: A Blueprint for the Future" -...

Resistance Training Without a Gym

When Marines are in the field it is important to continue to resistance train. However equipment such as weights, benches, and racks are not available. Marines can use equipment such as flak jackets, ammo can filled with dirt, and spare 7-ton tires to increase resistance. It is important to slowly...

500 Words or Less

READING AND GENERAL MATTIS When General Mattis was preparing for the invasion of Iraq, I have a suspicion he may have been reading Livy's books on the Punic Wars. After all, there are very few places to go when looking for an answer to the question "How do I get a tribal society to join my team?"...

Toward a Typology of Military Dysfunction

In previous posts, I've explored some organizational and incentive factors as to why the military acts the way it does. Actions at the individual level, though, are often the most perplexing. For instance, why would people who have risen to senior levels with 20 years or more of experience in the...

Human Terrain and Liars

In a recently published book, Bazaar Politics , Noah Coburn, PhD, recounts his time living in the Afghan village of Istalif for 18 months between 2006 and 2008. Fluent in Dari, he rented a small house with his wife and lived in the village in order to conduct anthropological fieldwork. Besides an...

The Flip Side

Amersfoort Concentration Camp Image via Google Images In light of Brett Friedman's previous post about the use of the Schutzstaffel symbol in our Scout Sniper community, a post that was no doubt provocative and probably unintentionally incendiary, I thought it might be interesting for everyone to...

The SS, Snowflakes, and Supervision

Like a Marine in a properly executed MCMAP training session, the Marine Corps is taking its lumps in the image department lately. In April of last year, Lance Corporal Harry Lew committed suicide in Afghanistan after experiencing sustained hazing on the part of his squadmates. Although there is no...

Super Bowl XLVI and Warfighting - A Thought

Marines and sailors with the 24th MEU erupt into cheers and bouts of disappointment in the ship's chow hall as the New York Giants secure victory in the Super Bowl, Feb. 5, 2012. A few days ago my beloved New England Patriots were defeated in Super Bowl XLVI. While disappointing in its own right,...