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Dr John Sullivan and MAJ John Spencer - The Complexity of Modern Urban War

The Complexity of Modern Urban War - Today's episode features the incredible minds of Dr. John Sullivan and Maj John Spencer. Spencer has been on the show a few times and continues to provide thought leadership in urban combat. Dr John Sullivan's career with the LA County Sheriff's office is impressive.

Another Approach to Tactics Guest Post by Bert DuVernay

This is a great article, "Another Approach to Tactics" written by, Bert DuVernay who is the retired Chief of Police for New Braintree, Massachusetts and the Past President of the Massachusetts Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors' and Armorers' Association. His background includes 45 years of police service, both full-time and part-time, as well as 6 years of college teaching and security consultation. He is the past Director of Smith & Wesson Academy, where he was a staff member from 1990 to 2001. He is a member of ILEETA and IALEFI.

LYNCH & KENNEY: react to clips of LtGen Van Riper’s “On Discipline” interview on All Marine Radio

And this podcast interview from All Marine Radio is a fantastic discussion on LTGen Paul Van Ripers interview linked here. Both these interviews are a must listen to for police leaders who struggle with setting standards for the sake of standards versus standards for a purpose. It makes sense when you listen to both these interviews On Discipline.

Outstanding Interview: ON DISCIPLINE: LtGen Paul K. Van Riper, USMC (ret)

The is the first interview series that ALL MARINE RADIO will do entitled “ON DISCIPLINE” — it will feature Marine Leaders who have led Marines for decades, who have seen the Marine Corps between wars, during war and after war.

The Learning Insurgency: It’s an Evolution, not a Revolution By Donald E. Vandergriff

If the USMC wants to improve the decision-making, adaptability and other core warfighting skills, then we must change the way Marines learn from the current approach (which is internal process-focused, primarily based on the “Competency theory”) to a new approach (which is externally, effect/outcome-focused) more aligned with the outcomes we are seeking (see Figure 1 below). This figure was created by the recent students from the Tactics Instruction Section at USMC Officer Candidate School or OCS.

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