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  1. Professor Ross is able take an enormous amount of...

    Professor Ross is able take an enormous amount of information, show how it is related and/or connected, and present it in a very comprehensible manner. Absorbing the volume of what he presents is...
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    " Iraq unfortunately is caught in the middle...

    " Iraq unfortunately is caught in the middle between these two countries as it often has been since 2003 and has little say in matters."
    Apparently neither does the Congress or most anyone else.
  3. 20th Century Fox was ahead on this topic. In 1953...

    20th Century Fox was ahead on this topic. In 1953 they released the movie, Destination Gobi starring Richard Widmark. The studio's press release mentions a Navy publication titled "Saddles for Gobi"....
  4. Thread: Leadership Quotes

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    Notice the quote in the editor's column on the...

    Notice the quote in the editor's column on the left: "A Professional leader doesn't grow new followers, they grow leaders".
    Wish I had that posted on my locker when I was working at MCRD San Diego...
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    A Timely Message?

    After seven years.
    If a message then to whom, for what?
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    Ancient Texts

    Also, credit to the translator.
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    The Godfather Doctrine

    The current issue (10/17) of the Marine Corps Gazette has an article pertinent to the West Point study. The Godfather Doctrine by LtCol. Douglas Luccio calls for more organized and committed...
  8. Drones

    There might be a clue to the USA response to drone defense in some previous posts: http://hacking4defense.stanford.edu/
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    Possible Book for Trump from Gen. Mattis

    Warriors and Citizens
    by General Jim Mattis, Kori Schakevia Books by Hoover Fellows
    Tuesday, August 2, 2016


    Fifteen prominent experts on civil-military relations analyze data from the largest...
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    In the Mountains of Afghanistan

    Col. Grau's articles on the Russian's in Afghanistan are an excellent way to start. They are referenced in the Georgia Tech paper.

    JHR
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    Knowledgable Donkey

    Bet the donkey knows it isn't supposed to be carrying the handler's pack in addition to its normal load and is protesting the only way it knows how.
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    Think This Applies

    "It is not the facts but the relation of things that results in the universal harmony." Robert Persig
    You bike fans proabably recognize the source.
    JHR
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    Steve Coll's comments were similar to Mr....

    Steve Coll's comments were similar to Mr. Tankel's. http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/stevecoll/

    JHR
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    In the 1970's the British listed Stephen Potter's...

    In the 1970's the British listed Stephen Potter's Gamesmanship as one of the PME books for COIN or whatever we called it that day. Probably still applies but don't read it in public, people will...
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    Technology & Leadership

    Base on the various comments and observations above, sounds like we need to assign Brook's' The Mythical Man-Month an FM or put it on the reading list.
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    A friend of mine whose father was retired Gen....

    A friend of mine whose father was retired Gen. McNinney (USMC) told me his father told him, "a moving foxhole attracts attention".
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    Pirates

    John McPhee's To Catch a Ship has some good material on pirates as well as shipping and maritime in general. It is somewhat dated, though much of what goes on at sea seems to have gone on forever....
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    Useful NCO's

    Anybody know anythong about the history and demise of the USMC's "Flying Sgts."?
  19. Warrior Phase 2.5

    Properly done, the USMC is not just right of passage but also resocialization, at least for most. Count the bumper stickers and window decals for further proof.

    JHR
  20. Warrior Making Phase One

    Making Marines, circa 1780's

    “The first thing to be taken care of in the disciplining of men, is to dress them, to teach them the air of a soldier, and to drive out the clown”
    Lt. J. MacIntire,...
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    The Frontier and the British

    For a good read, lots of detail and entertaining, try Bugles and a Tiger by John Masters. He was an officer in the 4th Gurkas in that period. The bio is nothing like his novels, thank goodness. It...
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    Mobile Firepower

    Don't forget the early SAS with Land Rovers and reused aircraft MGs. At night they even managed to infiltrate German convoys and enter bases. A few explosives and the base thought it was an air raid....
  23. Thread: It's Our Cage, Too

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    Our Cage

    In First Division Interrogatin School in 1963 we were taught that not only was torture illegal, it was also a waste of time and generated bad info.

    JHR
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    Whose Progress?

    Might this also be construed as the internal parties seeing the light at the end of the tunnel and trying to maximize their share?
    JHR
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    Big, Really Big Business

    And the bigger a business gets, the more acts like the government previously describe.

    JHR
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