Military Review

Professional military journal (English, Spanish and Portuguese).

Articles from Vol. 92, No. 1, January/February

A Leader's Grief: T.E. Lawrence, Leadership, and PTSD
I had believed these misfortunes of the Revolt to be due mainly to faulty leadership, Arab and English. So I went down to Arabia to see and consider its great men.- T.E. Lawrence, Seven Pillars of WisdomLEADERSHIP IS PERHAPS the most human imperative....
ALEXANDER THE GREAT: Lessons from History's Undefeated General
ALEXANDER THE GREAT: Lessons from History's Undefeated General, Bill Yenne, Palgrave McMillan, Suffolk, England, 2010, 200 pages, $22.00.Reading a history of Alexander the Great might not seem to offer appropriate lessons for modern battlefield leaders....
AMERICA'S COVERT WARRIORS: Inside the World of Private Military Contractors
AMERICA'S COVERT WARRIORS: Inside the World of Private Military Contractors, Shawn Engbrecht, Potomac Books, Dulles, Virginia, 2010, 256 pages, $29.95.Shawn Engbrecht's America's Covert Warriors is a comprehensive look at private military contracting...
A New Doctrine Framework for the Land Component Forces
THE ARMY IS exploring ways to make doctrine more timely and relevant through its Doctrine 2015 Project. Army doctrine authorities are seeking to develop as many dual-service Army and Marine Corps doctrine publications as possible. Both services project...
Army Leader Development and Leadership: Views from the Field
THE CENTER FOR Army Leadership (CAL) Annual Survey of Army Leadership (CASAL) assesses and tracks trends in Army leader attitudes, leader development, quality of leadership, and the contribution of leadership to mission accomplishment. Over 100 questions...
Battered Spouse Syndrome: How to Better Understand Afghan Behavior
"We cannot come closer to you. We have no security. The Afghan forces and ISAF [International Security Assistance Force] come occasionally and only stay for a little time. When they leave, the Taliban come in and hurt us because they think we are cooperating...
Command Responsibility and Accountability
"The privilege of command is a fleeting sensation. Those who are commanded are the beneficiaries of the system, as their lives-their very existences-are placed uniquely in the care of the commanding officer. They have a right to expect that their leader...
Counter-IED Strategy in Modern War
IN THE YEARS since improvised explosive devices (IEDs) became symbols of asymmetric warfare and modern military conflict, very little has changed in the realm of counter-improvised explosive device (C-IED) strategy. The military is always searching for...
CUSTER: Lessons in Leadership
CUSTER: Lessons in Leadership, Duane Schultz, Palgrave Macmillan, New York, 2010, 206 pages, $14.00.On 25 June 1876, the fate of the 220 troopers of the 7th Cavalry was sealed as General George Armstrong Custer took his command down into the area surrounding...
DANGEROUS GAMES: Faces, Incidents, and Casualties of the Cold War
DANGEROUS GAMES: Faces, Incidents, and Casualties of the Cold War, James E. Wise, Jr., and Scott Baron, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD, 2010, 264 pages, $34.50.Given the current international security environment-especially with the recent political...
DEATH BY MODERATION: The U.S. Military's Quest for Useable Weapons
DEATH BY MODERATION: The U.S. Military's Quest for Useable Weapons, David A. Koplow, Cambridge University Press, New York, 2010, 263 pages, $28.99.Conflicts of the world cannot usually be solved with large-scale military intervention. The use of military...
DEFIANT FAILED STATE: The North Korean Threat to International Security
DEFIANT FAILED STATE: The North Korean Threat to International Security, Bruce E. Bechtol, Jr., Potomac Books, Washington, DC, 2010, 275 pages, $29.95.In Defiant Failed State, Bruce Bechtol argues that North Korea, despite its current economic problems,...
FLAWED DIPLOMACY: The United Nations & the War on Terrorism
FLAWED DIPLOMACY: The United Nations & the War on Terrorism, Victor D. Comras, Potomac Books, Inc., Sterling VA, 2010, 256 pages, $29.95.Victor D. Comras, a leading expert on international sanctions and the global effort to combat terrorism and money...
HITLER'S FIRST WAR: Adolf Hitler, the Men of the List Regiment, and the First World War
HITLER'S FIRST WAR: Adolf Hitler, the Men of the List Regiment, and the First World War, Thomas Weber, Oxford University Press, New York, 2010, 427 pages, $19.95.In a popular and academic world where books on, about, and concerning Hitler have become...
Integrating Intelligence and Information: "Ten Points for the Commander"
AFTER TEN YEARS of war, there are a number of truisms that have been developed from hard-fought battlefield experience. One that has gained prominence is the concept of intelligence and information integration. Integrating intelligence and information...
LINCOLN AND MCCLELLAN: The Troubled Partnership between a President and His General
LINCOLN AND MCCLELLAN: The Troubled Partnership Between a President and His General, John C. Waugh, Palgrave Macmillan, New York, 2010, 272 pages, $27.00.Within a few months of the Battle of Fort Sumter, George B. McClellan's small army had driven Confederate...
MARSHALL: Lessons in Leadership
MARSHALL: Lessons in Leadership, H. Paul Jeffers with Alan Axelrod, Palgrave MacMillan: New York, 2010, 204 pages, $22.00.Marshall: Lessons in Leadership is the last book by historian H. Paul Jeffers (who died in December 2009), and is part of a Palgrave...
MORAL DILEMMAS OF MODERN WAR: Torture, Assassination, and Blackmail in an Age of Asymmetric Conflict
MORAL DILEMMAS OF MODERN WAR: Torture, Assassination, and Blackmail in an Age of Asymmetric Conflict, Michael L. Gross, Cambridge University Press, New York, 2010, 321 pages, $27.99.This important, thought-provoking book examines how modern warfare,...
PACIFIC AIR: How Fearless Flyboys, Peerless Aircraft, and Fast Flattops Conquered the Skies in the War with Japan
PACIFIC AIR: How Fearless Flyboys, Peerless Aircraft, and Fast Flattops Conquered the Skies in the War with Japan, David Sears, Da Capo Press, Cambridge, MA, 2011, $27.50.David Sears' Pacifi c Air is a work with fl aws that undermine the inherent interest...
RACING THE SUNRISE: Reinforcing America's Pacific Outposts, 1941-1942
RACING THE SUNRISE: Reinforcing America's Pacific Outposts, 1941-1942, Glen M. Williford, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD, 2010, 345 pages, $37.95.Thank heaven for author and benefactor Edward S. Miller and the Naval Institute Press. Here they have...
STALEMATE: An Anatomy of Conflicts between Democracies, Islamists, and Muslim Autocrats
STALEMATE: An Anatomy of Conflicts Between Democracies, Islamists, and Muslim Autocrats, Erik A. Claessen, Praeger Security International, Santa Barbara, CA, 2010, 186 pages, $34.95.Lieutenant Colonel Erik A. Claessen's Statemate: An Anatomy of Confl...
Steering America's Warship toward Moral Communication [and Real Success] in the 21st Century
Suppose I just told you that half of my platoon had been destroyed but didn't tell you the remaining half is so goddamned mad we're going to fight twice as hard. What meaning will be conveyed by statistics like "50 percent destroyed"? The only meaningful...
THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN: Five Months That Changed History, May-October 1940
THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN: Five Months that Changed History, May-October 1940, James Holland, St. Martin's Press, New York, 2010, 592 pages, $40.00.Does the world really need another Battle of Britain book? After reading James Holland's The Battle of Britain,...
THE FRUGAL SUPERPOWER: America's Global Leadership in a Cash-Strapped Era
THE FRUGAL SUPERPOWER: America's Global Leadership in a Cash-Strapped Era, Michael Mandelbaum, Public Affairs, New York, 2010, 224 pages, $23.95.Few Americans can imagine a world not dominated by American power and infl uence. For the past six-and-a-half...
The Lessons of Libya
WHAT A DIFFERENCE six months make. Early in 2011, an overwhelming majority of American policymakers, opinion makers, and the public were strongly opposed to more military entanglements overseas, particularly a third war in a Muslim country. And there...
THE ROYAL AMERICAN REGIMENT: An Atlantic Microcosm, 1755-1772
THE ROYAL AMERICAN REGIMENT: An Atlantic Microcosm, 1755-1772, Alexander V. Campbell, University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, 2010, 356 pages, $34.95.Alexander V. Campbell has taken his Ph.D. dissertation on the British 60th, or Royal American, Regiment...
THE TWILIGHT OF THE BOMBS: Recent Challenges, New Dangers, and the Prospects for a World without Nuclear Weapons
THE TWILIGHT OF THE BOMBS: Recent Challenges, New Dangers, and the Prospects for a World without Nuclear Weapons, Richard Rhodes, Knopf, New York, 2010, 480 pages, $27.95.The Twilight of the Bombs is historian Richard Rhodes' conclusion to his tetralogy...
WELCOME TO THE SUCK, Narrating the American Soldier's Experience in Iraq
WELCOME TO THE SUCK, Narrating the American Soldier's Experience in Iraq, Stacy Peebles, Cornell University Press, Ithaca, NY, 2011, 174 pages, $29.95."War alters the shape of our families, communities and nation . . . It matters, and soldiers' stories...
What Is an Army but the Soldiers? A Critical Assessment of the Army's Human Capital Management System
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE WROTE in Coriolanus, "What is a city but the people?" In the same vein, what is an army but the soldiers? The most important activity our institutional Army conducts is human capital management-the assessment, development, and employment...
WHINSEC: Forging International Relationships, Strengthening Regional Democracies
THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE Institute for Security Cooperation, or WHINSEC, commemorated its 10th anniversary on 13 January 2011, with a special celebration attended by the deputy commanding general of the Combined Arms Center, local dignitaries, a former...
Writing and Thinking
MAJ David H. Park, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas-I would like to reply to a single point in Major Trent Lythgoe's article, "Flight Simulation for the Brain: Why Army Officers Must Write" (Military Review, November-December 2011). The article stated an important...