The Best Defense

Beer call on the concerns of the departing Marine lieutenant, and the responses

In light of the recent discussion on "The Best Defense," former Marine lieutenants Michael Haft and Harrison Suarez invite you to join in a constructive discussion about the state of ideas in the Marine Corps and how to internalize lessons learned from the past decade of war.

To set the table for the discussion, here is their suggested reading list:

"Why Our Best Officers are Leaving" - The Atlantic
"Military Needs More Disruptive Thinkers" - Small Wars Journal
"General Failure" - The Atlantic
"General Trainor: I Spent a Career Thinking and Being Heard"

Please post any additional suggestions to the comments section.

The simple premise for their discussion is that the Marine Corps is a great institution, one that America needs, but, like any organization, there is always room for improvement.

All services and all ranks are welcome. Different perspectives encouraged.

We'll meet up at 6:00pm on December 28th, 2012 near Dupont Circle.

Bier Baron Hotel
1523 22nd Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20037

Please RSVP to Harrison at


The Best Defense

Don’t tell the Japanese!

There are a bunch of carriers and amphibs (small carriers, truth be told) gathered in Norfolk. I've never seen so many in one place before. The Navy says, "The aircraft carriers USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), USS Enterprise (CVN 65), USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), and USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) are in port at Naval Station Norfolk, Va."

Ernest R. Scott, U.S. Navy