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James Joyner
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James Joyner is Professor and Department Head of Security Studies at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College and a nonresident senior fellow at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm vet. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.


  1. What I want to know is why our Marine batallions don’t have cool names like “Plus Ultra” and “Coldstream Guards.” Rummy should get to work on this, pronto.

  2. James Joyner says:

    Good point. Plus, the numbers connote a sense of heirarchy. Are the 4th Marines less good than the 1st?

  3. John says:

    Just calling them Marines is enough. That by itself implies that you just don’t screw around with these guys.