An example of this is in Indochina where the Marines held territory while engaging in confrontational battles Hue, Khe Sanh – which are now considered by many as legendary. The post-Vietnam assessment offered insights which have engrained various aspects of warfare as offered by Sun Tzu, helping the USMC return to its historical DNA in fighting “small wars” to develop a superior battlefield alternative.
Maneuver Philosophy’s institutionalization began with the USMC’s educational system. They analyzed the actual battlespace of warfare – be it regular set-piece battles, humanitarian assistance, irregular guerrilla warfare – and the role played by the Marine Corps leadership throughout the evolutionary transition to maneuver from attrition.
Coming straight from the primary movers of this paradigm shift, author Piscitelli gives us a clear insight on the ongoing evolution and how this change may have been misportrayed at times. From junior officers to high-ranking commanders on the ground in Afghanistan, Iraq, and others, the book showcases analyses that demonstrate how the USMC impacts our efforts on the battlefield and how the Marines helps our armed forces achieve its strategic goals – and this has never been more evident than during the post-Cold War era.