2 New #BruteCasts coming next week!

May 4, 2021

Good morning #TeamKrulak community, the Krulak Center has been busy in the background lining up the next several #BruteCasts, and we’re excited to announce this lineup starts with not one but two #BruteCasts next week! Please note that the dates and times are different from previous episodes, but we hope you can make both!  Click the links to register!

The Arctic and Antarctica are well-known Cold War theaters. While these frozen frontiers hosted strategic competition between the United States and the Soviet Union, they also produced legacies of cooperation that have extended through the twentieth and into the twenty-first centuries. Indeed, the polar regions continue to host cooperative relations between Washington and Moscow, despite cooler ties elsewhere. Why is this the case? Perhaps more crucially, how can this current climate of cooperation between Russia and the West within these regions be bolstered for another thirty years? And what might fracture it?

Project 6633, launched by the Modern War Institute of West Point, seeks answers to these questions. For this event, we will be joined by the Project’s cofounders:

Dr. Elizabeth Buchanan is a lecturer in strategic studies for the Defence and Strategic Studies Course at the Australian War College in Canberra, a fellow at the Modern War Institute, and co-director of Project 6633.

Dr. Ryan Burke is an associate professor of Military & Strategic Studies at the US Air Force Academy, a fellow at the Modern War Institute, and co-director of Project 6633.

Wednesday, May 12 @ 1400 EST – Dr. David Ulbrich, “The Old is New Again: Tentative Manuals and Amphibious Doctrines in the 1930s and 2020s”

The 1920s saw the U.S. Marine Corps come out of conventional ground operations in France and then out of small wars operations in Latin America in the 1930s. The United States military’s strategic posture also shifted outward across the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. During those interwar years, the U.S. Marine Corps made critical strides toward fulfilling war plans, formulating amphibious doctrines, creating force structures, and procuring landing craft. Today in the 2020s, the Marine Corps is again coming out of ground and counterinsurgency operations and reorienting toward amphibious missions during another interwar era. This presentation will glean insights and lessons from the twin amphibious studies, Tentative Manual for Landing Operations (1934) and Tentative Manual for Defense of Advance Bases (1936), and find connections to the recently completely Tentative Manual for Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations (2021).

Dr. David Ulbrich is associate professor and director of the online Masters of Arts in History and Military History Programs at Norwich University. He also served as a civilian historian at the U.S. Army Engineer School in 2009-2013. Ulbrich’s books include the award-winning biography Preparing for Victory: Thomas Holcomb and the Making of the Modern Marine Corps 1936-1943, and the co-authored 6th edition of World War II: A Global History that will be published in later this year. The Marine Corps History Division recognized his contributions with the Simmons-Shaw Prize in 2012.

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