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QPME: Warfighting: History of the MCDP, Roots of Maneuver Warfare, and the Doctrine in Action

Warfighting: History of the MCDP, Roots of Maneuver Warfare, and the Doctrine in Action explores the development of the Marine Corps capstone publication MCDP 1 - Warfighting.

Warfighting Panel

Warfighting Discussion Panel

On February 24, 2015, a Warfighting Discussion Panel was held at MCB Quantico. The topics of discussion: warfighting tactics, maneuver warfare, and how the Marine Corps changed throughout the careers of three key players in the development of MCDP 1 - Warfighting. The full video is presented here. Excerpts on selected topics appear on other pages on this site.


  • Gen Alfred M. Gray (USMC, Ret.), 29th Commandant of the Marine Corps
  • Lt Gen Paul K. Van Riper (USMC, Ret.), former commanding general of Marine Corps Combat Development Command
  • Maj John F. Schmitt (USMCR), author of MCWP 3-1 Ground Combat Operations, MCDP 1-2 Campaigning, and MCDP-1 Warfighting


Video Credits:

Warfighting Discussion Panel, Marine Corps Base Quantico, VA, February 24, 2015. Unclassified video 150224-M-DW556-001 released by MCB Quantico Combat Camera. Upload courtesy of MAGTF Instructional Group.

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