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Equipment Reset: Getting the Marine Corps Down to Fighting Weight.


The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies held a conference, Equipment Reset: Getting the Marine Corps Down to Fighting Weight, on Wednesday, April 17. Event was lead by LtGen William M. Faulkner, USMC, Deputy Commandant, Installations and Logistics. He discussed the future changes the Marine Corps will be making with downsizing equipment.

The challenges of becoming a lighter and more agile force, while understanding requirements and increased weights and demands, is a daily issue for LtGen William Faulkner, Deputy Commandant for Installations and Logistics for the U.S. Marine Corps.

The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies will host a program presented by the USMC Returning Commander speaker series on Wednesday, January 16, from 3-4:30 pm at the Institute, by the commanders of the USS Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group (IWO JIMA ARG) and the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU). During a nine-month deployment, CAPT Art Garcia, USN, and Col Frank Donovan, USMC, led a Navy-Marine Corps team that completed missions across the Middle East, the Persian Gulf, Africa and Southwest Asia. Registration is required: please see below for details.

The IWO JIMA ARG/24 MEU includes the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima, the amphibious transport dock USS New York, and the amphibious dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall. More than 4,000 Sailors and Marines embarked in March 2012 on the deployment, which was extended in November amid ongoing turmoil in the Middle East.

The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies' International Center for Terrorism Studiesl hosted a roundtable discussion,  Middle East Security Concerns: The Next Phase? on Monday, December 10, from 12 noon-2 pm at the Institute.    Co-sponsors of this event included the Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies and the Inter-University Center for Legal Studies of the International Law Institute.   This event was covered by C-SPAN:  click here to watch the C-SPAN video in its entirety.

The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies held a special conference, A National Cyber Doctrine:  The Time Is Now, on Tuesday, December 4, at The National Press Club. The event featured the release of the new book from the Potomac Institute Press, #CyberDoc: No Borders - No Boundaries.  The book is co-edited by Potomac Institute CEO and Chairman Michael Swetnam and by Timothy Sample, Vice President and Sector Manager for Battelle Memorial Institute’s Special  Programs Organization, who also serves as a member of the Institute’s Board of Regents.  The book is available on  click here for the Amazon listing.

Panelists at the December 4 event addressed the urgent need for a cyber doctrine to guide US policy in an era of proliferating cyber challenges to our national security, even as Congress and the White House struggle to find a way forward.  Formulating such a doctrine is made more complicated by the numerous "gray areas" in which national and private interests overlap, lack of clarity about which government entities should assume responsibility for cyber security, and the limited utility of past paradigms (such as the circumstances surrounding creation of a nuclear policy) in the current climate.  Click on the attachment to read a transcript of the event.


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