May 2014 Archive

Incentives Matter: Women and Pull-Ups

Sgt Stephany Rector, administrative specialist, installation personnel administration center, Headquarters Company, Headquarters and Service Battalion, completes pull-ups outside of her office. Rector took 15 minutes to leave her desk, drop her blouse and knock out some pull-ups. (USMC photo.) The...

The 2014 Counterinsurgency Field Manual Requires Pre-Publication Review

A new field manual on counterinsurgency (COIN) is about to be published. The field manual (FM) states that, “Many important decisions are not made by generals.” COIN is conducted by captains, not generals. So why not let the captains decide about the merits of this FM? Ask a dozen company...

French Operations in Africa: Lessons for Future Leaders

Abstract As the Marine Corps builds up the Special-Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force – Crisis Response (MAGTF –CR) under Marine Forces Africa (MARFORAF), there are valuable lessons to be learned from recent French military operations on the African continent. This essay gives some background on...