U.S. Marine Corps KC-130 Crash Kills 16 People
At 5:00 P.M. eastern time on July 10, 2017, a Marine Corps Reserve KC-130T aerial refueling tanker crashed in Le Flore County, Mississippi, killing 15 Marines and one U.S. Navy corpsman—the deadliest Marine Corps aviation accident since a helicopter crash in Iraq in 2005. The KC-130T had taken off... Read more
Women Marines Are Marines, Too — Same as Men
In early March 2017, news broke that a 30,000-member Facebook group called “Marines United” trafficked in nude photos of female Marines and wives. Facebook took action and Marines United removed the offending material. But users simply downloaded the photos and shared them on other online platforms. At an anonymous,... Read more
The U.S. Army Is About to Double Its Howitzer Range
On March 19, U.S. Marine Corps staff sergeant Louis Cardin, a field artilleryman assigned to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, died during an attack on Fire Base Bell outside of Makhmur, Iraq. Coincidentally, the U.S. Army is hard at work developing a farther-firing howitzer that could help keep artillery... Read more
The V-22 Can’t Spend Even One Minute in a Dust Cloud
A U.S. Marine Corps V-22 Osprey tiltrotor — a hybrid aircraft that takes off and lands like a helicopter but cruises like an airplane thanks to its rotating engine nacelles — crashed during routine training near Creech Air Force Base in Nevada on Aug. 26, 2013. No one died.... Read more
No Landing Gear, No Problem — V-22 Lands on Mattresses
A U.S. Marine Corps V-22 Osprey tiltrotor was returning to its base in Kuwait in late July when its landing gear broke, the Marine Corps reported: “We got the initial indication in Iraq, but we had enough gas to make it back here and troubleshoot the problem,” said [pilot... Read more
Questioning the Assumptions in the U.S. Marine Corps’ Women-in-Combat Test

Edward H. Carpenter

Major Edward H. Carpenter is a Military Professor at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, and the author of Steven Pressfield's "The Warrior Ethos": One Marine Officer's Critique and Counterpoint The views stated in this article are Major Carpenter’s own, and do not reflect the views of the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, the United States Marine Corps, or the Department of Defense.

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