Have your vomit bucket ready.
The USMC has no fuking clue about combat excellence and has had its asses kicked in Iraq/Afghanistan; Amos is trying to save USMC face by scapegoating individuals for systemic, bureaucratic failings--which is the typical USMC Semper FU mentality:
"...the top marine on Monday forced two generals into retirement after concluding they should be held to account for failing to secure a base in Afghanistan against a Taliban attack that killed two marines. The Sept. 14, 2012, attack by 15 Taliban fighters caught the marines by surprise and resulted in the deaths of Lt. Col. Christopher K. Raible, 40, and Sgt. Bradley W. Atwell, 27. The Taliban also destroyed 6 marine Harrier fighter jets valued at $200 million and badly damaged others. It was one of the most stunning and damaging attacks of the war."
This power point presentation is yet more absolute garrison bullsh*t from the Commandant which shows he's a complete garritrooper a**hole who has no focus on the actual desperate needs to do tangible drastic reforms to get ready for the next war: get off roads using tracked tanks that have infared thermal sights which can detect enemies sneaking in, active protection systems to defeat ATGMs etc., this guy deludes himself that any of this subjective, internal bullshit and individual scapegoating will have any relevancy to objective, external reality, modern combat--which it will not.
A defense futurist writes:
"A 17-slide Powerpoint pep talk is supposed to revitalize the USMC's values?
I'm both underwhelmed and unconvinced, and yet unsurprised as well. Organizations that have a good culture generally don't waste their breath on the things that make one (why dwell on what you already do well?); organizations that don't have a good culture are usually the ones who talk a good character, but don't have one.
Words and deeds are not the same, and they are not interchangeable. You generally cannot embrace one, and be good at the other.
Also, as you mentioned, there's also nothing in there that pertains to any of the responsibilities of the USMC, nor the challenges they face in future battlefields. That's kind of a bad thing for a military service, as fighting isn't everything they're for --- it's the ONLY thing.
There's one last thing I want to point-out about this presentation. It talks endlessly about character, values, honor, and so on. It's one thing to have a good character, but I notice that there's something curiously absent from that briefing; Ethics. That's rather troubling, when you think about it."
More reasons its high time to disband the USMC bureaucracy completely and start-over and build a professional naval maneuver force.