David Dilegge

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Major David P. "Dave" Dilegge, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.) is a former USMC Intelligence and Counterintelligence officer, a consultant to the USMC,[1] and an urban warfare expert.[2] In 2006, he was described as an Urban Operations Analyst, U.S. Marine Corps, and editor-in-chief of the Small Wars Journal.[3] Dilegge "formerly ran" MOUT Homepage, The Urban Operations Journal,[4] and urbanoperations.com.[5]

In March 2005, Dilegge and William "Bill" Nagle started Small War Journal and subsequently, as SWJ components, The Small Wars Council and Small Wars Journal Blog.[6]

Dilegge has participated since August 2007 in the U.S. Department of Defense's Bloggers' Roundtable.

Invasion of Iraq

On April 7, 2003, Seth Stern of the Christian Science Monitor cited Dilegge on urban operations in Iraq:[7]

In the southern city of Basra, which has been surrounded by British forces for a week, Iraqis loyal to the Hussein regime have intimidated or even killed citizens who attempted to surrender or act sympathetically toward coalition troops. Loyalists are not likely to allow civilians to flee toward safety and may even use them as human shields. And crucial supplies are likely to become scarce quickly.
"If you apply pressure with the regime we're facing, the civilian population hurts," says David Dilegge, a consultant to the Marine Corps war-fighting lab. "They will not have food, water, and medical attention. That could be a public-relations disaster."

Contact information

Weblog: http://www.smallwarsjournal.com/


Related SourceWatch articles


  1. Dave Dilegge, "What to Make of the Petraeus Strategy," Military.com, September 10, 2007.
  2. Transcript: Interview With Bob Simon, Larry King Live/CNN, April 8, 2003.
  3. Brochure: "Urban Operations, 2006,", Defence IQ (UK), 2006. Dilegge gave a speech entitled "New Challenges and Insights for the US Marine Corps in the 21st Century: Insights and Observations from Operation Iraqi Freedom."
  4. UrbanOperations.8media.org.
  5. About, SmallWarsJournal.com: "Small Wars Journal is a private site. It is run by Small Wars Journal, LLC, a private company formed in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Its principals are Dave Dilegge (Editor-in-Chief) and Bill Nagle (Publisher)."
  6. "The Small Wars Journal Blog," ZenPundit Blogspot, January 12, 2007.
  7. Seth Stern, "How the US plans to take control of Baghdad," Christian Science Monitor, April 7, 2003.

External articles

Christopher Griffen, Small Wars, Big Ideas, Armed Forces Journal, October 2007.
Steve Coll, The General's Dilemma, The New Yorker, September 2008.
Andrew J. Bacevich , The Petraeus Doctrine, The Atlantic, October 2008.

External resources