MCU Journal Spring 2019
This issue discusses historical and contemporary concepts for the economics of defense, particularly the costs for nations to make war or peace.


A New Conception of War
John Boyd, the U.S. Marines, and Maneuver Warfare

by Ian T. Brown


About MCUP

Established in 2008, Marine Corps University Press (MCUP) recognizes the importance of an open dialogue between scholars, policy makers, analysts, and military leaders and of crossing civilian-military boundaries to advance knowledge and solve problems. To that end, MCUP focuses on books and periodicals that provide a forum for interdisciplinary discussion of national security and international relations issues and how they impact the Department of Defense, the Department of the Navy, and the U.S. Marine Corps directly and indirectly. While the press does not operate on a revenue basis, MCUP must be creative, entrepreneurial, focused, and far-sighted to anticipate both the current needs of Marine Corps University and the broader DOD community but also the future in a rapidly evolving industry and respond with vision, commitment, and resolve. 




The MCU Press, as part of Marine Corps History Division, publishes original scholarly, peer-reviewed research (books, journals, and other forms of research) in military history, national security, international relations, and political science realms for worldwide communities. As a government military publisher, the press disseminates these products to research libraries, institutions, and scholars at no charge. The press also serves the faculty, staff, and students at Marine Corps University by publishing on topics related to the history, culture, politics, and future of the Corps and the U.S. military.


Vision and Core Values

MCU Press strives to establish its identity as an internationally recognized publisher of research in military history, national security, international relations, and political science, thereby advancing scholarship, enlarging our understanding of the world in which we live, and improving the ability of the U.S. military to serve this country. Publishing academic works of distinction enhances the reputation of the university and its faculty and staff, and it functions as a critical tool for connecting the university with the larger research community and the world. Publishing timely works in partnership with the university encourages students to become lifelong learners with an intention to share their knowledge.


We publish peer-reviewed scholarship with an impact on research and education in and out of the classroom.


We cooperate formally with numerous scholarly societies, associations, and educational institutions to publish original scholarship. We offer noncommercial solutions to the publishing challenges facing academic institutions and partner with external like-minded publishers and agencies to benefit our customers and improve the quality and reach of our content.


Our publications, whether book or journal, print or digital, mirror our commitment to scholarly and customer-oriented quality while being responsible stewards of federal dollars.


We build relationships internally, with our colleagues across the university and at the other Service schools, as well as outside the university with researchers, scholars, policy makers, and institutions worldwide.


We conduct our operation in a manner that is fair, environmentally friendly, economically balanced, honest, and respectful of a diverse community.