Military Review

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Articles from Vol. 79, No. 6, November/December

Afghanistan: Mullah, Marx and Mujahid
AFGHANISTAN: Mullah, Marx and Mujahid by Ralph H. Magnus and Eden Naby. 274 pages. Westview Press, Boulder, CO. 1998. $30.00. With the 1989 withdrawal of Soviet forces from Afghanistan, the world's fickle attention shifted from that war-ravaged land,...
America's Achilles' Heel: Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Terrorism and Covert Attack
AMERICA'S ACHILLES' HEEL: Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Terrorism and Covert Attack by Richard A. Falkenrath, Robert D. Newman and Bradley A. Thayer. 354 Pages. MIT Press, Cambridge, MA. 1998. $22.50. In the post-Cold War era, the fundamental question...
Article 88, UCMJ: Leadership Challenge for the Officer Corps
ON 12 FEBRUARY 1999, for the first time in our nation's history, an elected president was tried and acquitted by the Senate after being impeached by the House of Representatives. No fiction novelist could have penned a believable story based on this...
Attack Helicopters in Theater Missile Defense Counterforce Operations
THROUGHOUT THE SPECTRUM of conflict, tactical ballistic missile (TBM) systems deployed by potential adversaries pose serious threats to US forces. Countering these threats is a joint mission accomplished through effective, interoperable battle management...
Change the Way We Measure It
Reversing the Downward Spiral of Combat Readiness: Readiness issues preoccupy Army leaders at every level-from recruiting toj%ess to marksmanship, from battle drills to exercise evaluations to strategic lift This author extracts one piece of the readiness...
Civil-Military Conflict at the Pentagon? Let's Hope So
Believing that top civilians and US armed forces leaders should work together on every issue is naive and dangerous. Only the most insistently blind can fail to notice the daily civil-military friction throughout the Department of Defense (DOD). However,...
Criminality and Policing in Stability and Support Operations
IN HIS ARTICLE "Failed-State Operational Environment Concepts," published in the October 1997 issue of Military Review, Robert J. Bunker highlights the fact that American Army doctrine has long sought to address the "not war-not peace" environment characterizing...
Custom, Power and the Power of Rules: International Relations and Customary International Law
CUSTOM, POWER AND THE POWER OF RULES: International Relations and Customary International Law by Michael Byers. 250 pages. Cambridge University Press, Port Chester, NY. 1999. $54.95. From the beginning, Custom, Power and the Power of Rules reads like...
Divisional Air Defense 1945-Present
SHOULD THE US ARMY retain a short-range air defense (SHORAD) battalion in the division structure, or would some other, less resourceintensive expedient be just as suitable? Planners and policy makers have struggled with this question since the end of...
Face of Empire: United States-Philippine Relations, 1898-1946
FACE OF EMPIRE: united states-- Philippine Relations, 1898-1946, by Frank Hindman Golay. 550 pages. University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI. 1998. $59.95. Frank Hindman Golay spent his professional career studying Philippine economic development....
From the Editor
As technology has made the world smaller and the Army has measurably shrunk from its Cold War and Desert Storm size, the demands on the force have shown no sign of a parallel reduction. As the Army actively engages in peacekeeping and disaster relief...
Glen Edwards: The Diary of a Bomber Pilot
GLEN EDWARDS: The Diary of a Bomber Pilot edited by Daniel Ford. 195 pages. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washinton. D.C. 1998. $24.95. In the early 1950s, I saw Danny Kaye perform in the movie The Secret Lives of Walter Mitty (MetroGoldwyn-Mayer, 1947,...
Hermann Balck-Germany's Forgotten Panzer Commander
General William E. DePuy once referred to German "General der Panzertruppe" Hermann Balck as "perhaps the best division commander in the German Army."1 Oddly, although Balck commanded Army Group G opposite US Army General George S. Patton Jr. during...
Information Superiority and the Future of Mission Orders
The Army is mesmerized by the promise of enhanced situational understanding. The resulting technology cult within the Army trusts technology to eliminate the fog of war and provide the commander with unlimited battlefield visibility. As a resul technology...
In the Combat Zone: Special Forces since 1945
IN THE COMBAT ZONE: Special Forces Since 1945 by Robin Neillands. 350 pages. New York University Press, New York. 1999. $25.95. Robin Neillands concentrates on US and British units in what he calls "the story of special forces since 1945." His goal is...
Keen as Mustard: Britain's Horrific Chemical Warfare Experiments in Australia
KEEN AS MUSTARD: Britain's horrific chemical warfare experiments in Australia by Bridget Goodwin. 361 pages. University of Queensland Press, Queensland Australia. 1998. $29.95. Keen as Mustard is both important and terrible. It is important because Bridget...
Military Quotations from the Civil War in the Words of the Commanders
MILITARY QUOTATIONS FROM THE CIVIL WAR IN THE WORDS OF THE COMMANDERS by Peter G. Tsouras. 288 pages. Sterling Publishing Co., New York. 1998. $29.95. Peter Tsouras says little about the intent or purpose of his book of Civil War quotations beyond such...
MR Letters
Natural Killers-Rebuttal I found Major David D. Pierson's May-June 1999 Military Review article "Natural Killers-Turning the Tide of Battle" inadequately researched and poorly thought out. I dispute many of Pierson's points and conclusions, such as his...
Murder in the Name of God: The Plot to Kill Yitzak Rabin
MURDER IN THE NAME OF GOD- The Plot to Kill Yitzak Rabin by Michael Karpin and Ina Friedman. 352 pages. Henry Holt and Co., New York 1998. $24.95. Michael Karpin, one of Israel's leading journalists, also anchors a news show in his native country. Ina...
Myth, Manifesto, Meltdown: Communinst Strategy, 1848-1991
MYTH, MANIFESTO, MELTDOWN: Communist Strategy, 18481991, by Edward M. Collins. 256 pages. Praeger Publishers, Westport, CT. 1998. $59.95. According to Edward M. Collins, communist strategy has been both the expression and intellectual prisoner of the...
Obstacles to Maneuver
[Al direct attack on our capability to maneuver significandy affects the battle and that we continue to have difficulty in overcoming maneuver countermeasures Digitization alone cannot solve these problem. The brigade-level warfighting experiment gave...
Prisoners of the Nazis: Accounts of American POWs in World War II / Davai, Davai! Memoir of a German Prisoner of World War II in the Soviet Union
PRISONERS OF THE NAZIS: Accounts of American POWs in World War 11 edited by Harry Spiller. 212 pages. McFarland & Co., Inc., Jefferson, NC. 1998. $27.50. DAVAI, DAVAI! Memoir of a German Prisoner of World War 11 in the Soviet Union by A.D. Hans Schuetz....
Strategy for Defeat: Vietnam in Retrospect
STRATEGY FOR DEFEAT: Vietnam in Retrospect-by U.S.G. Sharp. 352 pages. Presidio Press, Novato, CA. 1998. $17.95. Admiral U.S. Grant Sharp believes political limitations imposed from Washington prevented US air power from gaining victory in Vietnam. Sharp,...
Stumbling Colossus: The Red Army on the Eve of World War
STUMBLING COLOSSUS: The Red Army on the Eve of World War by David M. Glantz. 374 pages. University Press of Kansas, Lawrence, KS. 1998. $39.95. In Stumbling Colossus, David A Glantz has produced a strong work that presents its case with vigor. But, with...
Sundry Views of an American Invasion
Sundry Views of an American Invasion by Lieutenant Colonel Walter E. Kretchik On 19 September 1994, President Bill Clinton ordered the US military to invade the impoverished Caribbean island country of Haiti. US military forces assailed the country with...
Theater Missile Defense and National Security Strategy
Ballistic missiles have become attractive weapons for hostile nations and groups because they serve as tickets to power influence and coercion in regional affairs and regional wars. Their long range, short time of flight, relative low cost and ability...
The Deadly Brotherhood: The American Combat Soldier in World War II
THE DEADLY BROTHERHOOD: The American Combat Soldier in World War 11 by John C. McManus. 353 pages. Presidio Press, Novato, CA. 1998. $28.95. Do you want to know what the World War 11 foot soldier felt and how he fought? What he ate and how he liked it?...
The French Light Armored Division: The Legacy of the Division Legere Macanique
Division Daguet was the French Army's contribution to the United Nations (UN) coalition that defeated Iraq during Operation Desert Storm. I The ad hoc division had no number designation because its elements came from at least five other French divisions....
The Future of War
The Ivan Bloch Commemorative Conference on "The Future of War" was held in St. Petersburg, Russia, 24-27 February 1999.1 The conference celebrated the 100th anniversary of the May 1899 General Peace Conference, The Hague, Netherlands, and Ivan Bloch's...
The Right to Fight: A History of African Americans in the Military
THE RIGHT TO FIGHT: A History of African Americans in the Military by Gerald Astor. 576 pages. Presidio Pre Novato CA 1()99 0.29 QS For two centuries, African Americans sought their right as Americans to participate fully and equally in America's wars....
The Test of Battle: The American Expeditionary Forces in the Meuse-Argonne Campaign
THE TEST OF BATTLE: The American Expeditionary Forces in the Meuse-Argonne Campaign by Paul F. Braim. 247 pages. White Mane Books, Shippensburg PA. 1998. $35.00. This is the second revised edition of Paul F. Braim's doctoral dissertation turned into...
To Fight Digitized or Analog
Information dominance helped assure success at the ATC in defeating the enemy to a greater extent than at JRTC However, several challenges accompany dominance and its impact on C^sup 2^ ... More information is not away better ... Mismanaged information...
US Army Doctrinal Influence on the War in Bosnia
CURRENT US ARMY operational doctrine directs commanders to shock and disrupt opponents across the spectrum of warfare, using relative combat power, if necessary, to defeat a larger force. Integrated and synchronized operations ensure the total application...
Wars of Imperial Conquest in Africa, 1830-1914
WARS OF IMPERIAL CONQUEST IN AFRICA, 1830-1914, by Bruce Vandervort. 274 pages. Indiana University Press, Bloomington, IN. 1998. $16.95. Until recently, most of the literature concerning the conquest of Africa has been written from the conquerors' perspective....
Women in the Military: Flirting with Disaster
WOMEN IN THE MILITARY: Flirting with Disaster by Brian Mitchell. 374 pages. Regnery Publishing, Inc., Washington, DC. 1998. $24.95. In Women in the Military: Flirting with Disaster, Brian Mitchell, a well-known critic of women's roles in the military,...