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Book for Review: On Contested Shores: The Evolving Role of Amphibious Operations in the History of Warfare

Fri, 04/02/2021 - 10:26pm

A book for review. If you are interested in reviewing this book for Small Wars Journal, please email (and please use a clear subject line for the sake of our editor). We can discuss getting a hard copy if you are conducting a review for us.

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The 2019 Marine Corps Civil Affairs Concept: An Ambitious Step Toward Improved Integration

Mon, 10/14/2019 - 12:34am
For the last hundred years, where diplomacy has failed and warfare has resulted, CA has repeatedly been revitalized and integrated with military operations during wartime. However, on the present-day battlefield, where open conflict is decreasing but “gray zone” activities are increasing, CA personnel should be utilized to undermine U.S. competitors’ attempts to build military, diplomatic, economic, and informational advantages in regions of U.S. interest.

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Civil Reconnaissance Teams: The Expeditionary Arm of Civil Affairs Forces

Thu, 10/03/2019 - 12:32am
The unfortunate truth is that supported commands are not nearly as aware or informed of what Civil Affairs offers as other branches. Every commander knows that the role of the Infantry is to close with and destroy the enemy. Not every commander knows that Civil Affairs Soldiers and Marines are his or her sensors on the battlefield.

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Building Partner Capability and Capacity Post-NDAA 2017: A Practical Approach

Tue, 01/22/2019 - 11:17am
If DoD is serious about building viable partners, it must step back and reevaluate how it is currently viewing the future state of those partners and developing plans to move that partner towards the desired future state. SC is no longer a side mission, the mission in-between wars to shape, it has moved to the steady-state across the Range of Military Operations and is now a critical strategic tool that can provide us advantages over our adversaries if applied correctly.

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The Marine Corps, Counterinsurgency, and America’s Answer to the French Foreign Legion

Fri, 12/21/2018 - 10:11am
In the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (Senate Bill 2987), Congress has proposed reorganizing America’s armed forces. Under the new model, the Army will handle conventional warfare, while the Marine Corps will handle counterinsurgencies. This reorganization would benefit all branches by aligning each branch’s culture and mentality with their respective real-world needs. In this essay, we will look at the three branches (Navy, Marine Corps, and Army) and explore how each branch will benefit, individually.

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Fast Rifles

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 4:57am

The Marines had the fastest rifles in the village of Binh Nghia. It wasn't long until the second fastest belonged to their comrades-in-arms, the Popular Forces.

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