Monday, July 18, 2016
Wednesday, July 6, 2016
For tacticians at the tip of the spear
Think of the Great Captains of military history—Alexander, Hannibal, Frederick the Great, Napoleon, Genghis Khan. We hold these men in high regard because we recognize them as military geniuses, as true masters of the art of war whose mastery of the art form clearly eclipses the mass of the merely competent. Clearly, the art of war places high demands on the intellect of military commanders, and any professional continually strives toward mastery.
Monday, January 11, 2016
Sunday, August 30, 2015
|Source: MCDP-4, Logistics|
Friday, August 21, 2015
Others follow you for what you are, because they believe in you and what you do. You look in a mirror to see how you look. You look in the faces of others to know what you are.Earlier this year, the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies published a great compilation of leadership thoughts and quotes from our 29th Commandant. From Dr. Paul Otte's introduction:
Always more willing to talk about others than himself, we ... sat for over forty hours as General Gray spoke without notes, but with powerful emotions about the Corps and the Marines he continues to serve even today. We were able to gain greater insight into this very special Marine who "took what he got, and made what he wanted." This book is a compilation of the many sayings we have heard and heard repeated, as they have been shared from one Marine to another.Grayisms can be viewed and downloaded here.
"Read it, study it, take it to heart."
Sunday, August 9, 2015
We define readiness in the Marine Corps (and across the Department of Defense) as "the ability of [our] forces to fight and meet the demands of the national military strategy." With the myriad Congressionally mandated readiness reporting requirements that exist, measuring readiness often proves challenging. It's often said that measuring readiness involves both art and science, and while quantifying the results and outputs of numerous readiness inputs is sometimes difficult, commanders can generally say of readiness what Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart famously said of obscenity in a 1964 Supreme Court case: "I know it when I see it."