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 Complex Terrain Megacities and the Changing Character of Urban Operations
 By Benjamin M. Jensen, Henrik Breitenbauch, and Brandon Valeriano


 This edited volume, composed by military professionals in the Gray Scholars Program at Marine Corps University, describes   the changing character of urban operations. The pattern of human settlement and interaction is changing and the future is   urban. Because the majority of the world’s population lives within cities, the future of strategic competition and conflict reside   there as well.



Destination Unknown
volume 1, spring 2019


Destination Unknown is the first graphic novel used to explore the future of the Marine Corps written and illustrated by Marines. The stories in this graphic novel explore such topics as Marine-manned satellites, laser communication, and artificial intelligence (AI) selecting potential recruits and assisting Marine Corps Special Operations Command (MARSOC) operations in real time.


A New Conception of War
John Boyd, The U.S. Marines, and Maneuver Warfare
By Ian T. Brown






A New Conception of War traces this story from the post–Vietnam War years to the present. The first path was forged by U.S. Air Force colonel John R. Boyd, whose ideas on warfare were shaped by a military career during the height of the Cold War and his own passion for challenging conventional wisdom in the search for new and useful ideas. The second path was navigated by many thinkers within the Marine Corps during a period of institutional soul-searching after Vietnam, driven by the Corps’ imperative to adapt to the exigencies of the day and thus remain a useful contributor to national defense. Drawing on new and previously unpublished material from the major players of this period, including a full transcript of Boyd’s “Patterns of Conflict” lecture, A New Conception of War captures a period of remarkable intellectual ferment within the Marine Corps and the development of a unique conceptual framework for warfighting that continues to inspire Marines today.


Aspects of Leadership
Ethics, Law, and Spirituality
By Carroll Connelley and Paolo Tripodi




Aspects of Leadership brings together scholars from different disciplines and practitioners from a broad variety of backgrounds to address three key areas: ethics, law, and spirituality. The essays in this book are intended to inform leaders, and the general public, about the challenges of ethical decision making, the application of the law of war, and the important role of spirituality. Aspects of Leadership will educate readers and generate important questions that leaders should ask themselves, encouraging them to reflect upon their pivotal roles in these three areas.



U.S. Marines and Irregular Warfare
Anthology and Selected Bibliography, 1898-2007
By Colonel Stephen S. Evans

This anthology joins a growing number of works whose topic is counterinsurgency and irregular warfare. Continuing discussion and study of these subjects is of critical importance to the ongoing efforts of the United States and its allies in the Global War on Terrorism. The articles selected for inclusion in this anthology all help to illustrate the complexity involved in conducting counterinsurgency and irregular war efforts.

The End of Don't Ask, Don't Tell
The Impact in Studies and Personal Essays by Service Members and Veterans
By J. Ford Huffman and Tammy S. Schultz

Featuring 4 reports and 25 personal essays from diverse voices—both straight and gay—representing U.S. Marine Corps, Army, Navy, and Air Force veterans and service members, this anthology examines the impact of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and its repeal on 20 September 2011 in order to benefit policy makers, historians, researchers, and general readers. Topics include lessons from foreign militaries, serving while openly gay, women at war, returning to duty, marching forward after repeal, and support for the committed same-sex partners and families of gay servicemembers.

The Best-Laid Schemes
A Tale of Social Research and Bureaucracy
By Seymour J. Deitchman

The Best-Laid Schemes contains two overarching lessons for current and future efforts. First, social scientists and defense personnel failed to communicate their constraints and capabilities sufficiently for integration to happen. Social science cannot do everything DOD wants. Some of what military organizations want is not scientifically possible or violates the ethical codes necessary for scientific enterprise. Likewise, DOD, especially the supporting establishment, is not a blank slate onto which scientists can layer current theory, methods, and information.

Case Studies in Operational Culture
By Paula Holmes-Eber and Major Marcus J. Mainz


Case Studies in Operational Culture draws together the experiences of 22 field grade military officers from the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps, as well the Canadian and Australian military. Applying the cultural concepts described in two previous books in this series—Operational Culture for the Warfighter and Applications in Operational Culture—these cases provide detailed, concrete illustrations of how specific cultural factors had a direct impact on the outcome of military operations.


Applications in Operational Culture
Perspectives from the Field
By Paula Holmes-Eber, Patrice M. Scanlon, and Andrea L. Hamlen

Applications in Operational Culture: Perspectives from the Field presents six essays by experienced field-grade officers on the challenges, successes, and future warfighting problems of applying culture to military operations. The chapters in this book focus on a spectrum of issues relevant to today’s Marines and other service members. These include essays on the cultural and practical difficulties of training the Iraqi army; understanding tribal factors in Afghanistan; questioning the applicability of Maslow’s hierarchy in Iraqi culture; and developing a cultural training program for the Australian army.



Operational Culture and the Warfighter
Principles and Applications
By Barak A. Salmoni and Paula Holmes-Eber

Operational Culture for the Warfighter: Principles and Applications is a comprehensive planning tool and reference. It addresses the critical need of the Marine Corps to provide operationally relevant cultural teaching, training, and analysis. This book links social science paradigms to the needs of Marines using an applied anthropology approach. The text explains how fundamental features of culture (environment, economy, social structure, political structure, and belief systems) can present challenges for military operations in different cultures around the globe.