PODCAST: The Creation of Warfighting, with John Schmitt

Photograph of John Schmitt

Marine Corps Doctrinal Publication 1 Warfighting has proven to be one of the most enduring documents in American military history. One reason for this is unlike most other publications, it is not a how-to manual that is overtaken by events. It is a philosophical document that explains how the Marine Corps thinks about warfare. Unlike other similar documents, it was not written by committee or a senior officer. The task of writing the most important document in the Marine Corps fell to a captain, a relatively junior officer. The author of MCDP-1 explains how this remarkable document came to be.

Show Notes:

Fleet Marine Force Manual 1, Warfighting

The Road to FMFM 1: The United States Marine Corps and Maneuver Warfare Doctrine, 1979-1989

Marine Corps Doctrinal Publication 1, Warfighting

 “Institutional Reform” Warfighting Panel With Gen. Al Gray, LtGen Paul Van Riper, Maj John Schmitt

*Music: “Without Limits” Ross Bugden*


Dan Grazier

By: Dan Grazier, Jack Shanahan Military Fellow

Dan Grazier is the Jack Shanahan Military Fellow at the Project On Government Oversight

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