Military Review

Professional military journal (English, Spanish and Portuguese).

Articles from Vol. 88, No. 1, January/February

15 STARS: Eisenhower, MacArthur, Marshall: Three Generals Who Saved the American Century
15 STARS: Eisenhower, MacArthur, Marshall: Three Generals Who Saved the American Century, Stanley Weintraub, Free Press, New York, 2007, 541 pages. $30.00This very readable book is a collective biography of three five-star generals identified in the...
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800 DAYS ON THE EASTERN FRONT/RED PARTISAN: The Memoir of a Soviet Resistance Fighter on the Eastern Front
800 DAYS ON THE EASTERN FRONT, Nikolai Litvin, Stuart Britton trans, and ed., University Press of Kansas, Lawrence, 2007, 159 pages, $24.95. RED PARTISAN: The Memoir of a Soviet Resistance Fighter on the Eastern Front, Nikolai I. Obryn'ba, Potomac Books,...
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BEHIND THE LINES: War Resistance Poetry on the American Homefront since 1941
BEHIND THE LINES: War Resistance Poetry on the American Homefront since 1941, Philip Metres, University of Iowa Press, Iowa City, 2007,282 pages, $39.95.They have made war till we were dead from weeping.-The goddess Iris to Helen, The IliadIn Behind...
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Beyond Guns and Steel: Reviving the Nonmilitary Instruments of American Power
IT IS BOTH AN HONOR AND A PLEASURE to be part of the Landon Lecture series-a forum that for more than four decades has hosted some of America's leading intellectuals and statesmen. Considering that, I at first wondered if the invitation was in fact meant...
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BOY SOLDIER: Budapest, 1944-1945
BOY SOLDIER: Budapest, 1944-1945, by Ervin V Galantay, Budapest: Militaria, second Edition, 2007, 319 pages, $76.50.Oh, to be fourteen again! This book is about being a fourteen-year-old male in urban combat in Hungary during fall and winter. It is about...
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Civil War Leadership and Mexican War Experience
CIVIL WAR LEADERSHIP AND MEXICAN WAR EXPERIENCE, Kevin Dougherty, University Press of Mississippi, Jackson, 2007, 193 pages, $50.00.Kevin Dougherty's Civil War Leadership and Mexican War Experience analyzes several of the Civil War's controversial command...
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Finding America's Role in a COLLAPSED North Korean State
IRAQI DICTATOR SADDAM HUSSEIN was an irritant to the United States and defied the international community over bis weapons programs for a decade, causing some U.S. leaders to push for removing him and transforming Iraq into a democratic state. Unfortunately,...
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HOUSE TO HOUSE: An Epic Memoir of War
HOUSE TO HOUSE: An Epic Memoir of War, Staff Sergeant David Bellavia with John R. Bruning, Free Press, New York, 2007, 321 pages, $26.00.When searching for one word to describe this book, "raw" comes to mind. The language is raw, the descriptions are...
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International Law and Slavery
SLAVERY WAS WIDESPREAD and legally sanctioned for most of human history. Chattel slavery-the legal ownership of one person by another-was its most common form. Gradually, and especially in the 19th century, the growing condemnation of chattel slavery...
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IRAQ: The Way Ahead
IntroductionLast year at this Honors Convocation, I discussed the national strategy that produced the current situation we now face in Iraq. What I didn't do then was explain how to best resolve the Iraqi dilemma. Today, then, I'll describe what I believe...
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MERGING Information Operations and Psychological Operations
This article represents my personal observations and opinions and does not reflect the official views of the PSYOP community, U.S. Special Operations Command, or the U.S. Army.I PROPOSE merging the 10 functional area (FA) and the Psychological Operations...
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Monitoring and Evaluation of Department of Defense: Humanitarian Assistance Programs
If you took all the bricks in the Pentagon and laid them end to end, they would reach around the earth four and a half times.-Pentagon tour guide, 7 December 2006THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE (DOD) executes humanitarian activities primarily through...
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MR Letters
After FidelColonel Eduardo Gomez, USAR, Miami, Florida-Dr. Waltraud Morales' article "After Fidel: What Future for U.S.-Cuban Relations?" (September-October 2007, Military Review) presents a distorted picture of Cuba, its relations with the U.S., and...
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NORTHERN IRELAND: A Balanced Approach to Amnesty, Reconciliation, and Reintegration
SINCE 1969 the United Kingdom (U.K.) has attempted to resolve conflict in Northern Ireland through amnesty, reconciliation, and reintegration (AR2). Conflict resolution in Northern Ireland presents valuable lessons for any student of AR2 because it is...
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On Luck and Leadership
AN ANCIENT TAOIST PARABLE, transmitted by a 13th century Japanese poet, tells the story of a Chinese farmer's son who falls off a horse and breaks his arm. "How unlucky the farmer is," his neighbors think as they pay their condolences. A year later,...
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OPERATION MOUNTAIN LION: CJTF-76 in Afghanistan, Spring 2006
FOLLOWING THE COLLAPSE of the Taliban in Afghanistan and its escape into Pakistan in 2002, remnants of the group were forced to focus their efforts on mere survival. However, aided by funds from illicit opium growers and abetted by criminals and Al-Qaeda...
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Protection of Arts and Antiquities during Wartime: Examining the Past and Preparing for the Future
Shortly we will be fighting our way across the Continent of Europe in battles designed to preserve our civilization. Inevitably, in the path of our advance will be found historical monuments and cultural centers that symbolize to the world all that we...
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Redefining Insurgency
"OH, NO! Not another suggestion on how to define insurgency! Now we'll have to change all our counterinsurgency doctrine as well!"Yes and no. Yes, "insurgency" needs a better definition to fit circumstances today. We say the word, but it no longer applies...
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SEA CHANGE AT ANNAPOLIS: The United States Naval Academy, 1949-2000
SEA CHANGE AT ANNAPOLIS: The United States Naval Academy, 1949-2000, H. Michael Gelfand, University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, 2006, $34.95.The key to H. Michael Gelfand's book on the U.S. Naval Academy lies in the double-entendre in the book's...
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TERRORISM FINANCING AND STATE RESPONSES: A Comparative Perspective
TERRORISM FINANCING AND STATE RESPONSES: A Comparative Perspective, Jeanne K. Giraldo and Harold A. Trinkunas, Stanford University Press, Stanford, CA, 2007,365 pages, $24.95.Where do terrorists get their money? Have we done all we can in the global...
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THE END OF IRAQ: How American Incompetence Created a War without End
THE END OF IRAQ: How American Incompetence Created a War without End, Peter W. Galbraith, Simon and Schuster, New York, 2006,260 pages, $26.00.Of all the books written on the war in Iraq this year, The End of Iraq is one of the few to actually chart...
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The New Legs Race: Critical Perspectives on Biometrics in Iraq
THE UNITED STATES MILITARY faces a dual challenge in stability operations currently underway in Iraq. First, it must meet an immediate need by securing its own forces against an increasingly active and effective insurgency. second, it must pursue the...
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The Quiet American, the Ugly American: Counterinsurgency from the Fifties
The Quiet American, The Ugly American Counterinsurgency from the FiftiesIn a recent speech highlighting what might happen if the U.S. should withdraw quickly from Iraq, President George W. Bush alluded to Graham Greene's Vietnam-era novel The Quiet American...
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The Rising Tide
THE RISING TIDE, Jeff Shaara, Ballantine Books, New York, 2007, 536 pages, $15.95.The Rising Tide is the first of three historical novels Jeff Shaara intends to write about the North African and European campaigns of World War II. As both a novel and...
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The Rule of Law for Commanders
A POPULAR SAYING holds that the purpose of the Army is to "kill people and break things." While this is cute and crisp, it runs counter to the Army's stated mission and current practices.1 Today, the complexities of combat extend well beyond the lethal...
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THE WAR I ALWAYS WANTED: The Illusion of Glory and the Reality of War: A Screaming Eagle in Afghanistan and Iraq
THE WAR I ALWAYS WANTED: The Illusion of Glory and the Reality of War: A Screaming Eagle in Afghanistan and Iraq, Brandon Friedman, Zeniui Press , MBI Publishing Company, St. Paul, MN, 2007,255 pages, $24.95.Only weeks after 9/11, Brandon Friedman, a...
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THREAT ANALYSIS: Organized Crime and Narco-Terrorism in Northern Mexico
ORGANIZED CRIME SYNDICATES are modern enemies of democracy that relentlessly engage in kidnapping and assassination of political figures, and traffic not only in addictive and lethal substances, but also increasingly in human beings. To create an environment...
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Ungoverned Territories
UNGOVERNED TERRITORIES, Angel Rabasa, Steven Boraz, Peter Chalk, Kim Cragin, Theodore W. Karasik, Jennifer D.P. Moroney, Kevin A. O'Brien, and John E. Peters, RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, CA 2007,384 pages, $44.00."Since the end of the Cold War, failed...
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UNHOLY TERROR: Bosnia, Al-Qa'ida, and the Rise of Global Jihad
UNHOLY TERROR: Bosnia, Al-Qa'ida, and the Rise of Global Jihad, John R. Schindler, Zenith Press, St. Paul, MN, 2007, 368 pages, $27.95.Former intelligence analyst John Schindler has written the book about the Bosnian war that other analysts only talked...
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U.S. AFRICA COMMAND: A New Strategic Paradigm?
This new command will strengthen our security cooperation with Africa and help to create new opportunities to bolster the capabilities of our partners in Africa. Africa Command will enhance our efforts to help bring peace and security to the people of...
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