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The Path Forward: Gen. David H. Berger

Gen. David H. Berger, Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, joins Washington Post Live on Wednesday, Mar. 16 (Video: The Washington Post)

Gen. David H. Berger is the 38th commandant of the United States Marine Corps and has served in a variety of command positions in Iraq, Kosovo and Afghanistan. Washington Post columnist David Ignatius speaks with the commandant on the latest developments in Ukraine, how Russia’s actions influence the future of warfare and how the conflict will impact future potential engagement with adversaries such as China.

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“Before someone was to talk about the Russian forces and how they are doing, I think you have to begin with the Ukrainian forces and how well they are doing… They’re proving to be very disciplined, very well trained, very well led and very inspired.” - Gen. David H. Berger (Video: Washington Post Live)
“The picture that Ukrainian forces are painting in front of the Russian element is causing them confusion. In other words, there effectiveness at stripping away the reconnaissance for the Russian forces… could be part of the equation. Said another way, if you’re a Russian tactical manager on the ground, I’m not sure they have a good picture of what’s in front of them and I think Ukraine is doing a fantastic job at denying them.” - Gen. David H. Berger (Video: Washington Post Live)
“If the adversary… is very good at maneuvering, if they take individual initiative and they can get at your backside, at your logistics trains, and Ukraine is doing that very, very effectively… and that really causes Russian tactical leaders more problems.” - Gen. David H. Berger (Video: Washington Post Live)
“We should assume that the PLAN [People’s Liberation Army Navy] leaders are studying what’s happening in Ukraine. I think it should definitely give them pause about any degree of confidence an assault, an invasion of another country… especially if it’s across a body of water, is not going to be easy and it’s not going to be quick.” - Gen. David H. Berger (Video: Washington Post Live)

Gen. David H. Berger

Commandant, U.S. Marine Corps