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This excellent report has been professionally converted for accurate flowing-text e-book format reproduction. The Marine Corps' development of amphibious warfare doctrine during the Interwar Period provides an example of successful peacetime innovation. The development of amphibious capabilities provides a guide for future innovation. The senior leadership of the Marine Corps provided a centralized vision in the development of amphibious warfare doctrine, training, experimentation, and equipment procurement. In turn, the Marine Corps fostered an intellectualism that critically examined and integrated lessons from World War I, the Army formal school system, emerging educational models, and private industry to professionalize and develop an amphibious warfare capability. Closely related, the Marine Corps empowered relatively junior officers, to include students at the Marine Corps Schools, to solve the most complex problems facing the organization's preparation for WW II. Last, the Navy and Marine Corps conducted a series of experiments that tested the Tentative Landing Manual and examined a wide array of tactics and technological solutions.

CHAPTER 1 - INTRODUCTION * Background * Problem Statement * Research Question and Methodology * Thesis * Innovation and Military Culture * Purpose and Organization of Study * CHAPTER 2 - ONE TOUGH NUT TO CRACK * Gallipoli * Interwar Period Strategic Setting * Tarawa * Summary * CHAPTER 3 -- ROLE OF THE COMMANDANTS IN INNOVATION * John A. Lejeune * John H. Russell * Thomas Holcomb * CHAPTER 4 - EDUCATION, CRITICAL THINKING AND EMPOWERED JUNIOR OFFICERS * Lieutenant Colonel Earl 'Pete' Ellis the Amphibious Warfare Prophet * The Corps Schools and the Tentative Landing Manual * Lieutenant Victor 'Brute' Krulak and Amphibious Landing Craft * CHAPTER 5 - CONCLUSION * Analysis * Areas for Continued Research * Relevance

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