Military Review

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Articles from Vol. 82, No. 5, September/October

Air-Mech-Strike: 3-Dimensional Phalanx
AIR-MECH-STRIKE: 3-Dimensional Phalanx, David L. Grange, Huba Wass De Czege, Richard D. Liebert, Charles A. Jarnot, and Michael L. Sparks, Turner Publishing Co., Paducah, KY, 2000, 311 pages, 524.95. The U.S. Army currently stands on the leading edge...
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All for the Regiment: The Army of the Ohio, 1861-1862
ALL FOR THE REGIMENT: The Army of the Ohio, 1861-1862, Gerald J. Prokopowicz, The University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, 2001, 280 pages, $34.95. In April 1861, President Abraham Lincoln called for volunteers from the loyal states to suppress...
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Battle Command
Know the enemy, know yourself; your victory will never be endangered. Know the ground, know the weather; your victory will then be total. -Sun Tzu1 DPARTMENT of the Army Field Manual 3-0, Operations says, "The art of command lies in the conscious and...
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Battle Command and Visualization
DESPITE THE BEST EFFORTS of the staff, the plan was unraveling. The scouts reported the enemy moving forward into the security zone instead of staying where the situational template said they would defend from. This invalidated the projected direct and...
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Battle Command: Auftragstaktik and Innere Fuhrung: Trademarks of German Leadership
Battle Command-the exercise of leadership in combat. Will technology lead military thinkers to reconsider existing notions of battle command? In this section, authors reflect on 21st-- century combat leadership. Major General Russel L. Honore examines...
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Command and Control: Managing Theater Engagement Planning
Command and control has come long way since semaphore flags and signal lamps. Today, information technology plays a huge role in how commanders exercise command and control. Considering the macro level of command and control, Robert M. Murphy and Kathleen...
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Deception-Magic!
German bombers rumble relentlessly across the night sky of North Africa following a radio beam directed from German-occupied Libya toward the British port of Alexandria, Egypt. The flight commander notes an anomaly. The beam directs him forward, but...
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Ensuring Military Justice
Commanders at every level know that ensuring military justice is a mission of the greatest importance; however, not all commanders know how to accomplish this. An abundance of information is available on military justice, and there is certainly no shortage...
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From the Editor
As this issue goes to press, the nation observes the first anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. This is clearly a time to pause, remember, and reflect on these tragic events in which more than 3,000 people died, including...
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Hitler's Austria: Popular Sentiment in the Nazi Era, 1938-1945
HITLER'S AUSTRIA: Popular Sentiment in the Nazi Era, 1938-1945, Evan Burr Bukey, University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, 2000, 320 pages, $39.95. During the past few decades, historians have conducted many groundbreaking and significant studies...
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Hitler's Traitor: Martin Bormann and the Defeat of the Reich
HITLER'S TRAITOR: Martin Bormann and the Defeat of the Reich, Louis Kilzer, Presidio Press, Novato, CA, 2000, 290 pages, $29.95. Writing about war is a continuation of politics by another means (with apologies to Clausewitz). U.S. history books and most...
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Imperatives for Tomorrow
Title 10 of the U.S. Code charges the Army to organize, train, and equip a force for land combat. DTLOMS provides a framework for discharging that responsibility. In light of Transformation, information warfare, and 11 September, the Army's charter and...
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Intelligence and the War against Japan: Britain, America, and the Politics of Secret Service
INTELLIGENCE AND THE WAR AGAINST JAPAN: Britain, America, and the Politics of Secret Service, Richard J, Aldrich, Cambridge University Press, New York, 2000, 483 pages, $34.95. Often a book on a seemingly arcane subject can illuminate an entire field...
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Irredentism in MexAmerica
Mark de Socio and Christian Allen argue that economic and cultural integration along the U.S. -Mexico border is creating a "borderline nation" whose identity is distinct from the United States or from Mexico. Despite this integration, a history of territorial...
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Is World Opinion Important?
In the war against terrorism, the United States worries too much about international coalitions, just as it does about world public opinion. There is nothing wrong with building a coalition, whether against the al-Qaeda's Osama bin Laden or against Iraq's...
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Middle East Security Policy: Catching Up through Reading
MR Bookshelf Various U.S. Army and Navy groups often ask me which books they should read about Islamic militancy, Persian Gulf stability, and the Israeli-Palestinian dispute. The following reading list includes short descriptions of recently published...
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Operational Art for the Objective Force
Despite the concept of logical, in the place of physical, lines of operations in the 2001 version of FM 3-0, planners of the ongoing counterterrorism campaign face the same challenge as planners of peace-support operations in the Balkans. Today's doctrinal...
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Payback in Staropromyslovsky
Between late December 1999 and mid-February 2000, Russian soldiers allegedly executed 41 Chechen civilians in 8 incidents in the Staropromyslovsky district, which is situated 5 kilometers to the northwest of the Chechen capital, Grozny. Most of the victims...
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Radical C(2) Doctrine and CP Desing
The instruments of battle are valuable only if one knows how to use them. -Ardant DuPicq THE DIVISION COMMANDER's command and control (C2) vehicle moves swiftly across the division's battlespace, just behind the digitized division's right flank brigade....
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The 1865 Customs of Service for Non-Commissioned Officers and Soldiers: A Handbook for the Rank and File of the Army
THE 1865 CUSTOMS OF SERVICE FOR NON-COMMISSIONED OFFICERS AND SOLDIERS: A Handbook for the Rank and File of the Army, August V. Kautz, Stackpole Books, Mechanicsburg, PA, 2001, 303 pages, $14.95. Stackpole's reprint of the 1865 handbook is a valuable...
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The Battle for Objective Area Alpha
USING THE STORY of a battle as a device for illuminating important themes and lessons regarding the art of war is a time-honored practice. In the example here, the battle is in the future. The theme is tactical operations. The goal is to present a picture...
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The Challenge of Change: Military Institutions and New Realites, 1918-1941
THE CHALLENGE OF CHANGE: Military Institutions and New Realities, 1918-1941, Harold Winton and David R. Mets, eds., University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln, 2000, 247 pages, $50.00. The title of the book, The Challenge of Change, could easily serve as...
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The Genius of Robert E. Lee: Leadership Lessons for the Outgunned, Outnumbered, and Underfinanced
THE GENIUS OF ROBERT E. LEE: Leadership Lessons for the Outgunned, Outnumbered, and Underfinanced, Al Kaltman, Prentice Hall Press, Paramus, NJ, 2000, 352 pages, $24.00. The Genius of Robert E. Lee is an excellent book that provides unique insight into...
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The Man Who Flew the Memphis Belle
THE MAN WHO FLEW THE MEMPHIS BELLE, Robert Morgan with Ron Powers, Penguin Group Publishing, New York, 2001, 388 pages, $25.95. A considerable number of books have been released lately about World War II, especially personal reflections on the war from...
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The Russian Way of War: Operational Art, 1904-1940
THE RUSSIAN WAY OF WAR: Operational Art, 1904-1940, Richard W. Harrison, University Press of Kansas, Lawrence, 2001, 351 pages, $39.95. In The Russian Way of War, Department of Defense investigator Richard W. Harrison explores the intellectual development...
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Why Great Powers Fight Small Wars Badly
I will be damned if I will permit the U.S. Army, its institutions, its doctrine, and its traditions to be destroyed just to win this lousy war.1 Organizational structures that encourage the presentation of innovative proposals and their careful reviews...
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Why the German People Went Willingly to Ruin
History is written by the victors. So goes the oft-repeated pithy proverb. While historians are aware that bias or myopia on the part of the victors might (or might not) cloud the objectivity of their chroniclers, they might still sometimes fail to perceive...
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