April 2012 Archive

Q&A with Owen West: Advisors in Iraq

Originally published at Small Wars Journal . Owen West: Hi Peter. Before we get to this, looking at your background, let me ask you a question. Why doesn’t the Corps have an AC-130 per company-sized unit? In Iraq, we advisors and our Iraqi charges were supposedly the focus of effort, but the only...

"Marines Don't Do That!"

Over the past few months the Corps has been hit with a number of instances that can be directly traced to a lack of Leadership and continuous reinforcement of what is now called "Core Values". For those of us whom are "Long in the Tooth", we've seen these problems surface before and the way we've...

Sitting Judgement on the Troops; The Photo Scandal Controversies

The recent decision by the L.A. Times to publish the photographs of American soldiers posing with Talib body parts re-ignited the firestorm raised by the Marine urination photographs: is the American media anti-military and putting our troops at risk, are, were the newspapers standing up to...

Book Review: Owen West's "The Snake Eaters"

Originally posted at the Small Wars Journal . Judging the book, “ The Snake Eaters” (Free Press, May 1, 2012) by Owen West by its cover, I would never have picked it up. I would have been wrong. I would have assumed that this was another first-person “there I was” tale from Iraq. After hearing far...

Tragic News Demands Marine Corps Social Media Leadership, Not Retreat

Marines pay their final respects to Lance Cpl. Abraham Tarwoe, a dog handler and mortarman who served with Weapons Company, 2nd Bn., 9th Marines, during a memorial service, April 22. Tarwoe was killed in action during a dismounted patrol in Helmand province's Marjah district, April 12. (U.S. Marine...

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Ink Spots - The Real Threat of Hybrid Conflict Defense Tech - Navy Grounds Firescout Drone Choppers AOL Defense - Osprey Crash In Morocco Kills Two Marine Corps Times - Corps IDs Morocco Osprey Crash Victims Dakota Meyer - Thank a Veteran The Diplomat - U.S. Airpower Plans In Flux The Long War...

Disruptive Thinking and Opportunistic Leadership

Over at Small Wars Journal , I wade into the disruptive thinkers debate and drop a little Marine Corps history. Read it here . Also, catch up on Disruptive Thinkers pieces by Jonathan Jeckell , David Wise , and Mark Mazarr .

Disruptive Thinking: Needed or Nuisance?

There is an important debate going on at the Small Wars Journal. Navy LT Benjamin Kohlmann (and instructor pilot at VMFAT-101) offered an essay the other day on why " The Military Needs More Disruptive Thinkers ." The interest and debate was overwhelming. I followed up today with an essay entitled...

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Bing West - The Last US Field Commander in Afghanistan The Diplomat - Taking the Piracy Fight Ashore Fast Transients - Real OODA Loop and IWCKI Marine Corps Times - Marine General Faces Battle with Cancer Foreign Policy - Trained in the U.S.A. New York Times At War blog - A Short History of Blood...

Why Physical Fitness Research Is Important to the Marine Corps

There is an endless supply of workout programs. A quick Google search will find bulk up workouts, endurance workouts, boot camp workout, etc. Which of these is most beneficial to Marines? It can be argued that each of these programs have some usefulness to Marines. However which one would be the...

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