Col John Keenan, USMC(Ret)

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I hope the 7th Marines will forgive me for borrowing their motto for the title of this editorial. Ic is appropriate, however, in chat I would like co bring accencion co the recently published 35th Commandant of the Marine Corps Commandant's Planning Guidance. The guidance is in the digital edition...
Happy Birthday, Marines! That cheery greeting will ring our all over the globe this month. Ir will be offered by Marines young and old, in combat, in training, and by those of us who wish we were still in the fight and who can only support and cheer on from the sidelines. As we usually do in the...
In this month's Gazette we have a focus section on training and education. A wise mentor once told me that there are only two duties in the Marine Corps - fight in combat or prepare for combat. As an institution the Corps prides itself on its proficiency in combat and its ability to prepare Marines...
This month we commemorate che 60th anniversary of the amphibious landing at Inchon, Korea. On 15 September 1950, the 1st Marine Division landed behind the North Korean lines in a sweeping envelopment troni che sea that cut off the enemy and relieved the beleaguered force pressed up against the sea...
As I write this editorial, Gen James E Amos has been nominated to serve as the Commandant of the Monne Corps (CMC). Of course his nomination created quite a stir as he is the first aviator who has been nominated and, if the Senate concurs with his selection, will serve as the CMC.
In 1997 Ms. Sara Lister, then-Assistant Secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs, was heavily criticized for remarks she made at an academic conference where she said, "Marines are extremists." She went on to further opine that Marines are at risk of "total disconnect with society." I...
JUNE 2010 In this month's Gazette on page 10, we publish the second in the series of "Attritionist Letters" written by several officers concerned that the tenets of maneuver warfare are being supplanted by an attritìonist mindset, and re is evident in the actions and command climate created by some...
To say that law and the policy of Don't Ask, Don't Tell is controversial is an understatement. The personal views of the members of the Joint Chiefs of Staffare divergent. This was clear in recent congressional testimony where ADM Michael Mullens, USN, the Chairman, testified that he thought the...
In this months issue we continue a series of articles on information operations and how the Corps is trying to adapt to a changed world. It may be apocryphal, but after the battle for Fallujah in Iraq, our current Commandant, who was the MEF commander, is reported to have made the observation that...
One of rhe disad van rages of our publishing cycle is rhar when I write the edirorial there are items that are news and are topical, and in the intervening weeks until the magazine is published and arrives in your mailbox or on your computer screen, what was topical can become historical. In the...

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