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WARFIGHTING (Marine Corps Doctrinal Publication 1)

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Since Fleet Marine Force Manual 1, Warfighting, was first published in 1989, it has had a significant impact both inside and outside the Marine Corps. That manual has changed the way Marines think about warfare. It has caused energetic debate and has been translated into several foreign languages, issued by foreign militaries, and published commercially. It has strongly in ...more
Paperback, 116 pages
Published May 25th 2005 by Wildside Press (first published 1994)
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Goodreads regular Alex reminded me of this quote from Machiavelli: "It's better to be impulsive than cautious; fortune is female and if you want to stay on top of her you have to slap and thrust."

Since that's a poetic (if vulgar) summary of one tenet of Marine Corps philosophy, I'll let that stand as my review of this book for now. Honestly, Warfighting contains some very surprising revelations that might radically change how an outsider views the hierarchy and philosophy of the U.S. Marines. It
Proof that this stuff can apply to anything: I was doing my laundry as I read this, and I realized that if I just washed everything that needed washing, that would be 'attrition laundry'. But since I can't get that all done in one day, I really need to focus on the highest priority clothes and bedding: thus I found I was doing 'maneuver laundry'. Kidding aside, the most interesting part of this book for me was about commanders giving their subordinates latitude to determine how to get a job done ...more
I like it. It distils many of the important principles from the strategy literature down into pamphlet form. (presumably tested as suitable for someone who is not used to reading large tracts, carrying much spare baggage, or looking for detailed references to follow up on ;-)

However it rather depressingly exposes how War, and therefore the military infrastructure and mindset is an all encompassing continuous cycle, which is either preparing for war, conducting warfare, or learning new lessons fr
matthew dawson
Simple take for the uninitiated

Implementing these ideas is the relevant part of the equation as these ideas are 3rd generation warfare not used effectively since the germans in ww2 and as long as America remains the bureaucratic military it has today ,it will sadly always field a 2nd generation force.but organizers know that someone is at least aware of the best practices in warfare
Feb 14, 2008 Rachel rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rachel by: Carl Rigney
Shelves: military
This was a pretty good summary of current military thinking. The first half of the book was just a rote repetition of the basics of Clausewitz' On War, with little bits of Sun Tzu and John Boyd thrown in. I give him points for having clearly read them, but there was no new information there. The second half, though, was worth reading -- he translated a number of the concepts into concrete doctrine for the Marines, and explained why Boyd's Maneuver Warfare was so successful and how to make it mor ...more
Opposition of Wills, 'nuff said
This isn't bad for doctrine. Read this again (not sure how many times it has been now; half a dozen, at least) as a part of our unit PME reading program. In the ensuing discussion, I tried to describe the ways in which things like main effort, commander's intent, and mission tactics can be used in places other than on the battlefield. I am not sure I made a convincing argument, but to me those are some of the most important things that can be taken away from this reading.
Chris McClinch
Essential read on the nature of maneuver warfare. Useful to students of war, but really to students of victory in all arenas. It's all about figuring out how to pit your strength against your adversary's weakness while avoiding his strength. Surprisingly readable for a book that originated as a field manual. Long on theoretical underpinnings, but it could have used a bit more historical discussion.
A quick and interesting read. Nothing entirely left field but I especially liked the emphasis on tempo and how a force can use it to consistently out manoeuvre an enemy. Also liked the "lack of a decision is a decision in itself" and it's normally the worst kind.
Now that I think about it there were a bunch of nuggets in there. Definitely worthwhile.
The concepts covered in WARFIGHTING apply not only to warfare but to business, sports, and life in general. As a former Marine, this was (and still is) required reading and a required mindset. I often refer to this pub and recommend it to any servicemen, coach, entrepeneur, and life-practitioner.
Rich Dammkoehler
You need to read this book. It gives you insight in to how a large dynamic organization learns and grows. It inspires confidence in the ability for an organization to grow and delineates organizational ethos from daily operations.
This book helped me immensely in planning and preparing my volunteers for disaster relief and response. Any organization can use the principles of maneuver detailed in this book to run an efficient operation.
A primer on maneuver warfare. Fog of war, friction, pushing decision-making down to the lowest level. Concepts that apply in many aspects of life.
Brandon Baggett
Though a little dry, it opens thinking to different tactics and strategies on war. Definitely for those in that field of work
Jason W.
An educational read for anyone involved in leadership. Valuable lessons that can be applied to any discipline.
If you are a fan of strategy, military or otherwise, this is one to put on your shelf next to Sun Tzu...
Good reading; I think my daughter enjoyed hearing about this in case she becomes a marine.
Dan Buchness
Supposed to be USMC doctrine... though most executive leaders still choose attrition warfare...
Rick Kuehn
Some of the best writing on a military subject that I have ever read. Concise, clear, powerful.
Good concise info showing how USMC keep it simple and effective.
Marine Corps on war ... need I say more?
Fantastic book on goal oriented leadership!
Brian Worthge
Quick read, but very dry
Bedside table?
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