Happy Birthday, Marines!
The Marine Corps will celebrate its 247th birthday on 10 November. As a Navy commander, I had the honor and privilege to command the USS Russell (DDG-59), named for Major General John H. Russell Jr., the 16th Commandant of the Marine Corps. The Russell is a proud ship whose namesake was instrumental in the creation of the Fleet Marine Force, changed the promotion system from seniority-based to selection on merit, significantly grew the number of Marine detachments on Navy ships—and wrote for Proceedings! Perhaps most important was General Russell’s foresight to direct development of The Tentative Manual for Landing Operations in 1934. It was a blueprint for the Pacific War. The November Proceedings is always focused on the Marine Corps, but the Naval Institute publishes books, magazine articles, and news, and holds conferences and events that highlight the Marine Corps year-round. If you are a proud Marine and a proud member of the Naval Institute, please encourage other Marines to become members of the Institute and read and write for Proceedings.
Naval Institute Press
The Naval Institute Press is pleased to announce the Studies in Marine Corps History & Amphibious Warfare, a new series that will publish original scholarship across a broad range of innovative studies. The series will analyze vital aspects of the Marine Corps, amphibious warfare, and their collective role in global security, including battles, leaders, strategy, operations, tactics, doctrine, technology, personnel, organization, and culture. Incorporating historical and contemporary perspectives, this series will highlight important literature about the Marine Corps and significant works relevant to amphibious warfare that span the globe, feature diverse methodologies, and reach general audiences. The first title will be published in fall 2023.
Series editor William A. Taylor holds the Lee Drain Endowed University Professorship and is an award-winning professor of global security studies in the Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Security Studies at Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Taylor received a master’s degree in history from the University of Maryland, a master’s in national security studies from Georgetown University, and a PhD in history from George Washington University. He is the author or editor of four books, including Military Service and American Democracy (University Press of Kansas, 2016) and Every Citizen a Soldier (Texas A&M University Press, 2014). To find out more, go to: www.usni.org/studies-marine-corps-history-and-amphibious-warfare.
Defense Forum Washington
The Naval Institute will gather Department of Defense officials, senior military leaders, members of Congress, and industry and civilian experts on 6 December 2022 at the Spy Museum in Washington, D.C., to discuss “Implementing Integrated Deterrence.” In its 16th year, Defense Forum Washington brings together influential leaders to discuss important and timely defense issues. Visit www.defenseforumwashington.com for more information and to register.