#37 Vivian on MCDP 1-4 Competing

#37 Vivian on MCDP 1-4 Competing

During this episode, one of the principal authors of Marine Corps Doctrinal Pub (MCDP) 1-4 (“Competing”), Col Bill Vivian, USMC (ret.), discusses the creation of this timely effort. After recapping the Marine Corps’ capstone doctrinal publication, which is called “Warfighting,” he then offers a perspective on the evolution of information operations and great power competition from the vantage of a career infantry officer.


Bio: Bill Vivian of Freestone Solutions Group retired from the Marine Corps in 2018 after 31 years on active duty. Starting as an enlisted Marine, he rose through the ranks to colonel. Bill was an infantry officer who commanded at each level from a platoon of 40 to a regiment of 4,000 Marines. Along the way he earned master’s degrees in operational planning, military studies, and resource strategy. In 2018, Bill launched Freestone Solutions Group, a leadership coaching and consulting business.

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