Being Surrounded…

“All right, they’re on our left, they’re on our right, they’re in front of us, they’re behind us … they can’t get away this time.” General Lewis B. Puller (1898 to 1971) Lewis Burwell ‘Chesty’ Puller was a Lieutenant General in the US Marine Corps who fought guerrillas in Haiti and Nicaragua and, as a… Read More


PTSD & Other Mental Health Conditions Among US Soldiers & Marines, 2001-2011

Research Paper Title Predictors of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Depressive Disorders, and Any Mental Health Condition Among U.S. Soldiers and Marines, 2001-2011. Background Understanding mental health disorder diagnosis and treatment seeking among active-duty military personnel is a topic with both clinical and policy implications. It has been well documented in military populations that individual-level… Read More

What Matters? Ready vs Winning…

“Being ready is not what matters. What matters is winning after you get there.” Victor H. Krulak (1913 to 2008) Victor Harold “Brute” Krulak was a Lieutenant General of the US Marine Corps who saw action in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. Krulak was considered a visionary by fellow Marines, was the author of… Read More

COIN Operations: Not Just for Infantry Officers!

Research Paper Title Civil Engineer Corps Expeditionary Officership Course. Thesis Counterinsurgency (COIN) Operations will require that all officers, regardless of military occupational specialty, be prepared to lead across the entire spectrum of conflict. Discussion Traditional geographic boundaries associated with conventional warfare are not applicable in COIN operations. Combat and stability operations efforts are intertwined in a COIN… Read More

Flies & Sledgehammers…

“Sometimes it is entirely appropriate to kill a fly with a sledge hammer.” Another variation: “Sometimes killing a fly with a sledge hammer is entirely appropriate. It doesn’t make the fly any more dead, but the rest of the flies sure sit up and take notice.” I.L. Holdridge Holdridge, aka Major H, was a Major… Read More

Reviewing Exertional Heat Illness in US Marine Corps Recruit Training (1996)

Research Paper Title Exertional heat illness in Marine Corps recruit training. Background Exertional heat illness (EHI) is a recurring problem in military training resulting in loss of manpower and training effectiveness. A scientific approach to this problem requires quantitative analysis of factors related to its occurrence. Methods Review of clinic and hospital records identified all… Read More

Where is the Case for Co-Ed Ground Combat in the USMC?

Research Paper Title U.S. Marine Corps Research Findings: Where is the Case for Co-Ed Ground Combat? Abstract This is an Interim Special Report on the multi-phased research effort, initiated by Marine Corps Commandant General James Amos to gather quantitative data identifying the physical strength requirements of combat arms units. The goal is to find ways… Read More