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InsiderOnline Blog: November 2010

Semper Fi!

Today is the 235th birthday of the Marine Corps. The Corps’ history, writes Frank Hoffman “reveals a track record of rigorous self-evaluation and steady adaptation.” As Hoffman notes, the Marines wrote the manual on irregular warfare in the 1920s, developed the amphibious techniques employed on D-Day, demonstrated the value of “vertical envelopment” in the Pusan Perimeter during the Korean War, and created the mobile-warfare doctrines that helped defeat Saddam Hussein in the first Gulf War. As befitting its motto, “First to Fight,” the Marines also established the first conventional U.S. military foothold in Afghanistan following 9/11.

See “The Marines: 235 Years of Individual Valor and Institutional Adaptation,” Foreign Policy Research Institute.

Posted on 11/10/10 04:46 PM by Alex Adrianson

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