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Marines Will Retool, With an Eye to China
Gordon, Michael R.Wall Street Journal, Eastern edition; New York, N.Y. [New York, N.Y]23 Mar 2020: A.1.Publisher logo.

The Marine Corps is undertaking its most sweeping transformation in decades...
adversaries  Asia_Pacific  China  China_rising  maritime  PACOM  reinvention  rising_powers  South_China_Sea  threats  transformational  USMC  U.S._Navy  war  warfare 
17 days ago by jerryking
The U.S. Is Ceding the Pacific to China
March 3, 2019 | WSJ | By Mark Helprin.

While Washington’s focus is elsewhere, Beijing plays the long game—that means preparing for war.

The only effective leverage on China, and by extension North Korea—which otherwise will retain nuclear weapons whether overtly or covertly but certainly—is to alter the correlation of military forces in the Western Pacific, and indeed in the world, so that it no longer moves rapidly and inevitably in China’s favor, which is what China cares about, the essence of its policy, its central proposition. Though with some effort the U.S. is perfectly capable of embarking upon this strategy, it has not. It seems we lack the awareness, political will, intelligence, probity, discipline, leadership, and habit of mind to do so.
America_in_Decline?  Asia_Pacific  balance_of_power  China  China_rising  geopolitics  hard_power  long-term  long-range  maritime  Mark_Helprin  North_Korea  nuclear  PACOM  political_geography  political_will  rivalries  South_China_Sea  strategic_geography  submarines  trade_wars  U.S.  U.S._Navy  USMC  U.S.-China_relations  Xi_Jinping  zero-sum_games 
march 2019 by jerryking
My Advice to Grads: Start Mopping - WSJ
By Tyler Bonin
May 28, 2018

A mop, used for cleaning floors, isn’t a magical tool for success. Rather, it is a reminder that there should be no task considered beneath you.......I had plenty of practice in this area as a former Marine Corps private, so I always volunteered for the job......My managers noticed. They named me employee of the month and promoted me to management for the holiday rush—a small success at a small store. I learned that a sense of entitlement is a burden. ......I volunteered for the necessary task, signaling my work ethic and dedication to the organization.......A successful consultant told me that after graduating from a top-tier university, he spent a year piecing together tedious part-time jobs while volunteering at startups—only to prove himself. As competitive as the U.S. economy is, efforts like this are only becoming more common.....Certainly there is a time to be bold, but there is also a time for humility. A task once considered beneath you could actually be the key to your success. Do the job nobody wants, because, believe it or not, somebody appreciates it. Volunteer to learn and to provide value to others. Find a dream job by first doing the rote tasks in that field, without complaint. Pick up a mop
advice  cleaning  commencement  entitlements  humility  new_graduates  office_housework  speeches  USMC  volunteering  work_ethic  workplaces 
may 2018 by jerryking
Meet the People’s Quant, an Ex-Marine Who Champions Value Investing - WSJ
By Chris Dieterich
June 2, 2017

Wesley Gray’s value-focused fund of overseas stocks is beating all its rivals over the past year. For him, it’s almost beside the point.

Mr. Gray, chief executive of asset manager Alpha Architect LP outside of Philadelphia, says watching short-term market moves doesn’t pay off. Instead, his firm focuses on the benefits of finding and buying a small number of very cheap stocks, and holding them through thick and thin.

Alpha Architect is an upstart active investment manager that tripled its assets last year, a noteworthy performance at a time when traditional stock pickers are struggling with lackluster performance and investor withdrawals. The firm, with $522 million in assets, is among a growing crop of money managers using academic financial and behavioral research, and algorithms, to identify stock bets likely to beat the market.

So-called quantitative investment strategies pulled from academic research have been around for years, popularized by the likes of Dimensional Fund Advisors and AQR Capital Management. Mr. Gray and Alpha Architect aim to deliver highly potent iterations to smaller investors.

Mr. Gray is a former captain in the U.S. Marine Corps who served a tour in Iraq, and later earned a Ph.D. in finance from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He says extreme discipline is a crucial component of his concentrated, algorithmic adaptations of classic value investing, popularized by Benjamin Graham and Warren Buffett.

Last year Mr. Gray put out a report, “Even God Would Get Fired as an Active Investor,” concluding that stock-picking foresight alone wouldn’t equip investors to conquer perhaps their most formidable foe: the fear-driven urge to cut losses.....the market is littered with winning strategies that lose their potency over time, and smart-sounding theories that fail outright when put into practice. Moreover, success in investing often leaves market-beating managers awash in fund inflows that quickly outstrip their capacity to generate ideas.

Mr. Gray responds that the research upon which his strategies are based have proved their resilience for years, and that they can be explained by investor behavior. He admits that he has considered the implications of getting too big, a state that he says isn’t imminent but could force unhappy changes on his firm.
alpha  investors  quants  USMC  PhDs  value_investing/investors  asset_management  algorithms  behavioural_economics  quantitative  idea_generation  finance  active_investing  stock_picking  investment_strategies  beat_the_market 
june 2017 by jerryking
How to Become a ‘Superager’ - The New York Times
Gray Matter

make a New Year’s resolution to take up a challenging activity. Learn a foreign language. Take an online college course. Master a musical instrument. Work that brain. Make it a year to remember.

Think about the last time you grappled with a math problem or pushed yourself to your physical limits. Hard work makes you feel bad in the moment. The Marine Corps has a motto that embodies this principle: “Pain is weakness leaving the body.” That is, the discomfort of exertion means you’re building muscle and discipline. Superagers are like Marines: They excel at pushing past the temporary unpleasantness of intense effort. Studies suggest that the result is a more youthful brain that helps maintain a sharper memory and a greater ability to pay attention.
aging  howto  cognitive_skills  USMC  resolutions  discomforts  hard_work  struggles  longevity  pay_attention  arduous 
january 2017 by jerryking
J.D. Vance and the Anger of the White Working Class - WSJ
July 29, 2016

J.D. Vance credits his grandparents, religion and his time in the Marine Corps from 2003 to 2007 for helping him to get his life together. Whereas many of the people around him growing up seemed to have a feeling of “learned helplessness” and didn’t think their decisions mattered, he says, he learned the opposite in the Marines: “My decisions did matter and I did have some control over my own life.”.....“In the family life that I grew up in, the way you handled conflict resolution with your spouse or your partner was by screaming and yelling, and if things got really bad, maybe throwing stuff or hitting and punching them,” he says. He only later realized that rather than fighting to win, he should try to solve problems in a relationship. .....“Concretely, I want pastors and church leaders to think about how to build community churches, to keep people engaged, and to worry less about politics and more about how the people in their communities are doing,” he says. “I want parents to fight and scream less, and to recognize how destructive chaos is to their children’s future.”

He thinks that school leaders could help by being more cognizant of what’s going on in students’ home lives. But most of all he wants people to hold themselves responsible for their own conduct and choices. “Those of us who weren’t given every advantage can make better choices, and those choices do have the power to affect our lives,” he says.
books  Yale  working_class  Appalachia  Rust_Belt  poverty  hopelessness  social_mobility  resentments  grievances  values  habits  USMC  helplessness  conflict_resolution  whites  deindustrialization  industrial_Midwest  family_breakdown  underclass  J.D._Vance  faith_leaders  individual_agency  individual_autonomy 
july 2016 by jerryking
Mark Helprin: Benghazi's Portent and the Decline of U.S. Military Strength -
April 9, 2013 | WSJ | By MARK HELPRIN.

Benghazi's Portent and the Decline of U.S. Military Strength
Ten more Marines per ship won't matter if there aren't ships in the Mediterranean Sea to deploy from.
Mark_Helprin  Mediterranean  U.S._Navy  USMC 
april 2013 by jerryking
Amid Ties to Iran, Hezbollah Builds Its Own Identity -
July 21, 2006 | WSJ | By JAY SOLOMON in Beirut, Lebanon, and KARBY LEGGETT.
Shiite Group's Leader Vows Defiance After Israeli Hit; A Gift for Propaganda 'Frighteningly Professional'

Hezbollah quickly became the leading force in combating Israeli and U.S. influence in the region. After U.S. Marines occupied Lebanon in an attempt to enforce a United Nations-sponsored peace agreement between warring Lebanese factions, Hezbollah carried out a string of kidnappings and suicide bombings against American targets in Beirut and elsewhere. In October 1983, a Hezbollah bomber killed more than 241 Marines in a suicide attack on the Americans' barracks in Beirut. It was the largest terrorist attack on U.S. citizens at that time.
Iran  Hezbollah  Lebanon  Shiites  USMC  propoganda 
june 2012 by jerryking
William McGurn: Happy Hanukkah, Marines! -
DECEMBER 20, 2011

Happy Hanukkah, Marines!
Jewish Leathernecks light the way.

USMC  Judaism  Jewish 
december 2011 by jerryking
Mackubin Thomas Owens: Why We Still Need the Marines -
MAY 2, 2011 By MACKUBIN THOMAS OWENS. Their unique
combination of sea, land and air capabilities makes them an
indispensable rapid response force.
USMC  rapid-response  indispensable 
may 2011 by jerryking
The U.S.S. Prius -
Published: December 18, 2010
Spearheaded by Ray Mabus, President Obama’s secretary of the Navy and
the former U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia, the Navy and Marines are
building a strategy for “out-greening” Al Qaeda, “out-greening” the
Taliban and “out-greening” the world’s petro-dictators. ...If the Navy
really uses its buying power when buying power, and setting building
efficiency standards, it alone could expand the green energy market in a
decisive way.

And, if Congress will simply refrain from forcing the Navy to use corn
ethanol or liquid coal — neither of which are clean or efficient, but
are located in many Congressional districts — we might really get a
green revolution in the military. That could save lives, money and the
planet, and might even help us win — or avoid — the next war. Go Navy!
buying_power  green  U.S._Navy  USMC  Tom_Friedman  petro-dictators  petro-politics 
december 2010 by jerryking
Tokyo Wary of China's New Might -
MAY 14, 2010 | Wall Street Journal | By YUKA HAYASHI And
JACOB M. SCHLESINGER. Foreign minister says Japan and U.S. must resolve
dispute over controversial U.S. Marine base
China_rising  Japan  security_&_intelligence  China  USMC 
may 2010 by jerryking
Timothy J. Geraghty: Iran Expands Its Target List -
JANUARY 3, 2010 | Wall Street Journal | By TIMOTHY J.
GERAGHTY. I was the Marine commander in Beirut in 1983. I've seen these
tactics before.
Iran  USMC  terrorism  security_&_intelligence  Ahmadinejad  Hugo_Chávez  Beirut  Lebanon 
january 2010 by jerryking
Why Jim Jones Will Make or Break Obama's Foreign Policy
December 4, 2008 | The American Prospect | by Tim Fernholz.
Blog post reviews the likely role of the incoming national security
advisor, Jim Jones. Ivo Daalder and I.M. Destler called In the Shadow of
the Oval Office. [Jane Dundas/355.03307 DAA}
APNSA  security_&_intelligence  book_reviews  USMC  NSC  U.S.foreign_policy  James_Jones 
march 2009 by jerryking
Our New National Divide
Wednesday, September 12, 2007 12:01 A.M. EDT WSJ op-ed by OWEN
WEST America's soldiers are committed to the war. But they're not going
to lie about its progress.
security_&_intelligence  Iraq  inspiration  leadership  war  polarization  USMC 
march 2009 by jerryking
Innovator Sought New Approach in Vietnam -
WSJ obituary for Victor H. Krulak who was recognized for bringing new ways of thinking to the USMC.
innovators  inspiration  USMC  obituaries  Vietnam_War  WWII  unconventional_thinking  counterinsurgency  LBJ  JFK  militaries 
january 2009 by jerryking

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