2nd Draft

Introduction August 2017 – Reverse Order of Chapters28 Aug

August 2017

Mattis returned to Iraq, looking at the world not as a General, but as a Mr, albeit a cabinet level Secretary. 1st Marine Division had been promoted through the ranks, with the the former 1st Mar Div Assistant Division Commander now Chief of Staff of the Jesuit educated President, who had been trained in college to follow the recommendations of the Priest-Professors at Fordham; Fighting Joe of RCT 5 was now again, Mattis’ main effort, patrolling the most danger AO, in the Pacific, sitting beside the head of state of a near peer, conducting diplomacy. Kelly had enforced staff discipline when a White House strategist had erroneously suggested that America might pull out of South Korea, which was not on the same sheet as DoD. “Beside you all, I’d do it again,” the words echoed through two decades, as the former Commanding General inspected Marines near Husaybah — still in enemy hands, but not for long — now manning distributed artillery, recon, and fire support units. Another early and effective COIN adopter, H.R. McMaster, of Tal Afar — not to mention 73 Easting — had become the National Security Adviser, now the undisputed senior military strategic adviser to the President in JFK’s well disciplined White House. Bing West’s son, now the author of 3 books the last one the definitive account of the advisor mission — was waiting for Congressional approval of his post as Assistant Secretary of Defense. Here I am again, thought CHAOS, surrounded by Jesuit educated Irishmen in a small command element, out on the edge of the Empire.

In the Corps, Neil, now a Lieutenant Colonel, and Mejia, now a Gunnery Sergeant, continued to apply the lessons of Husaybah and Fallujah to ever more challenging Ukraine scenarios. The M27IAR had replaced the heavier, hard to maneuver in trenches M249 SAW, now with a suppressor and ACOG, the same optical scope that the Lima 3/7 Marines had relied upon in their 2003-2007 fights. HK’s more reliable gas system and meticulous German craftsmanship had replaced the M16 gas system originally designed by Eugene Stoner in the 1960s to result in a more accurate and reliable weapon, which was becoming the Corps’ de facto designated marksman rifle, to include a suppressor in experiments with Battalion 3/5, and likely in the future for every Marine. Now that every Marine was on the way to being armed with the same weapon that a Navy SEAL used to kill Bin Laden, so too every “regular” Marine and Army unit was on the way to being a possible advisor to a foreign unit in the model of Lima 3/7 from the 2007 Ramadi deployment, following the doctrine-literature of West, The Village (Vietnam), The Snakeeaters (Iraq). Most experienced American JTACs had experience calling for air from a mixed section of AH-1s/ UH-1s, or a General Atomics Predator with the long loiter time and highest in Department of Defense reliability rate, carrying the Lockheed Martin Hellfire or a family of increasingly small weapons like the Raytheon Griffin, based on the Javelin anti-tank missile which filled the sweet spot where Special Operators loved to carry the tank killing weapon with a fire and forget warhead with a portable, highly useful optical package. Most of the Lima 3/7 Veterans had left the Corps, but the ones who stayed, were, like their Small Wars veteran counterparts of post Nicaragua, Haiti, and Dominican Republic the living conduit of lessons learned for the majority of new Marines just making their first deployments.

Sources:
http://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/13847/secdef-mattis-candidly-talks-domestic-social-strife-with-troops-in-impromptu-speech

http://www.realcleardefense.com/2017/08/25/general_atomics_sheds_light_on_the_future_of_unmanned_tech_296192.html

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