MANEUVER WARFARE HISTORY: Col Tony Zinni, USMC presents “Combat Concepts” at The Basic School in 1989 (Part 1)

Col Tony Zinni, USMC
The Basic School, 1989
Quantico VA

THE GREATEST PME I’ve ever attended.  You’ll hear the first half of Col Zinni’s “Combat Concepts” PME — delivered in Quantico at The Basic School in 1989 after he gave up command of the 9th Marine Regiment.

Presentations like this one ought to be mandatory for ALL commanders, from platoon to MEF.

You’ll hear me comment on the presentation at times, amplifying points or giving context to Col Zinni’s comments.


MajGen Paul Kennedy joins the program to talk combat leadership.  MajGen Kennedy was the 1st Marine Division Plans Officer for “The March Up,” commanded 2d Battalion, 4th Marines in Ramadi in 2004 and the 2d Marine Regiment in Helmand Province in 2010-2011.  In 2013 he was assigned as Commanding General, 3d Marine Expeditionary Brigade, where he led the initial response to Operation DAMAYAN (Philippine typhoon, 2013) and Operation SAHAYOGI HAAT (Nepal earthquake, 2015).

He is currently the Commanding General of the Marine Corps Recruiting Command..


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