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dc.contributor.advisorSepp, Kalev I.
dc.contributor.advisorAugier, Mie-Sophia E.
dc.contributor.authorBarrett, Sean
dc.date.accessioned2019-02-13T22:47:27Z
dc.date.available2019-02-13T22:47:27Z
dc.date.issued2018-12
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/61285
dc.descriptionApproved for public release. distribution is unlimiteden_US
dc.description.abstractThe Department of Defense activated U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) in 1987, but the Marine Corps did not become a full partner until 2006. This study explores why. The activation of U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC) demonstrates the limitations of a senior civilian to prompt change in a military organization, especially after his perceived indecision encourages additional resistance. Culture matters. The Marine Corps adopted an "acknowledge and evade" strategy to retain control of its Marines, prevent the creation of an "elite within an elite" in its ranks, and undermine Secretary Rumsfeld’s eventual desire to create a Marine Corps special operations component. The non-traditional backgrounds of the officers and senior-enlisted personnel who proved pivotal in MARSOC’s development exposed them to unique career opportunities that better equipped them to adapt to the demands of the post-9/11 environment. These Marines represented a fundamental disconnect between the culture of the Marine Corps as an institution and how that culture manifested in the actions of its members. They believed in the special operations mission and its importance to the future of the Marine Corps. Motivated by professional duty, they embodied what it means to be a Marine and helped Secretary Rumsfeld overcome an intransigent senior Marine Corps leadership. These quiet professionals are the unsung heroes of the Marine Corps’ journey to a special operations component.en_US
dc.description.urihttp://archive.org/details/alwaysfaithfulal1094561285
dc.publisherMonterey, CA; Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsThis publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.en_US
dc.titleALWAYS FAITHFUL, ALWAYS FORWARD: MARINE CORPS CULTURE AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF MARINE CORPS FORCES SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMANDen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentGraduate School of Business and Public Policy (GSBPP)
dc.subject.authorSpecial Operationsen_US
dc.subject.authorSOFen_US
dc.subject.authorspecial operations forcesen_US
dc.subject.authorMARSOCen_US
dc.subject.authorDet Oneen_US
dc.subject.authorMCSOCOM Detachmenten_US
dc.subject.authorMEU(SOC)en_US
dc.subject.authorMAU(SOC)en_US
dc.subject.authorMilitary Cultureen_US
dc.subject.authorMilitary Innovationen_US
dc.subject.authorCSOen_US
dc.subject.authorCritical Skills Operatoren_US
dc.subject.authorSOOen_US
dc.subject.authorSpecial Operations Officeren_US
dc.subject.authorITCen_US
dc.subject.authorIndividual Training Courseen_US
dc.subject.authorAssessmenten_US
dc.subject.authorSelectionen_US
dc.subject.authormaneuver warfareen_US
dc.subject.authorRaideren_US
dc.subject.authorRumsfelden_US
dc.subject.authorGeneral Grayen_US
dc.subject.authordefense reformen_US
dc.subject.authormilitary reformen_US
dc.subject.authorprofessional military educationen_US
dc.subject.authorNew Navyen_US
dc.subject.authordefense reorganizationen_US
dc.subject.authorGoldwateren_US
dc.subject.authorNicholsen_US
dc.subject.authorArchibald Hendersonen_US
dc.subject.authorNunnen_US
dc.subject.authorCohenen_US
dc.subject.authorHageeen_US
dc.subject.authorBrownen_US
dc.subject.authorSOCOMen_US
dc.description.recognitionOutstanding Thesisen_US
dc.description.serviceMajor, United States Marine Corpsen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameMaster of Science in Managementen_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineManagementen_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.identifier.thesisid31685


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