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The Marine Corps way of war : the evolution of the U.S. Marine Corps from attrition to maneuver warfare in the post-Vietnam era
Piscitelli, Anthony J., author
El Dorado Hills, California : Savas Beatie, [2017]
"The Marine Corps Way of War examines the evolving doctrine, weapons, and capability of the United States Marine Corps during the four decades since our last great conflict in Asia. Author Anthony Piscitelli demonstrates how the USMC has maintained its position as the nation's foremost striking force while shifting its thrust from a reliance upon attrition to a return to maneuver warfare. In Indochina, the Marines not only held territory but engaged in now-legendary confrontational battles at Hue, Khe Sanh. In the post-Vietnam assessment, the USMC ingrained aspects of Asian warfare and returned to fighting "small wars" to evolve a superior alternative to the battlefield. The institutionalization of maneuver philosophy began with the Marine Corps' educational system, analyzing the actual battle-space of warfare--be it humanitarian assistance, regular set-piece battles, or irregular guerrilla war--and the role that the leadership cadre of the Marine Corps played in this evolutionary transition from attrition to maneuver. Author Piscatelli explains the evolution by using traditional and first-person accounts by the prime movers of this paradigm shift. The ability of the Marines to impact the battlefield--and help achieve our strategic goals--has only increased during the post-Cold War era. Throughout The Marine Corps Way of War, one thing remains clear: the voices of the Marines themselves, in action or through analysis, describing how "the few, the proud" will continue to be America's cutting-edge in the future as we move through the 21st Century."--Provided by publisher.
Baker Berry VE23 .P57 2017