Military Review

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Articles from Vol. 91, No. 5, September/October

Aligning Means and Ends: Toward a New Way of War
THE UNITED STATES has failed to align its strategy with its war aims in Iraq and Afghanistan. This has led to "strategic surprise," manifested by unexpected and costly counterinsurgency campaigns. The source of the mismatch between U.S. strategy and...
A NATION FORGED IN WAR: How World War II Taught Americans to Get Along
A NATION FORGED IN WAR: How World War II Taught Americans to Get Along, Thomas Bruscino, The University of Tennessee Press, Knoxville, 2010, 348 pages, $39.95.In an extensively well-researched and written study, historian Thomas Bruscino shows conclusively...
A TRANSFORMATION GAP: American Innovations and European Military Change
A TRANSFORMATION GAP: American Innovations and European Military Change, edited by Terry Terriff, Frans Osinga, and Theo Farrell, Stanford Strategic Studies, Stanford University Press, Palo Alto, CA, 2010, 272 pages, $24.95.In A Transformation Gap: American...
BOMBER COUNTY: The Poetry of a Lost Pilot's War
BOMBER COUNTY: The Poetry of a Lost Pilot's War, Daniel Swift, Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, New York, 2010, 269 pages, $26.00.He studies twisted props of disbeliefWondering what ruin to touch . . .-John Ciardi, "The Pilot in the Jungle"Daniel Swift teaches...
Bringing Order to Brigade Reset
Experiences can be lost. That is dangerous and is a fault. They may also harden into dogma, and become a dead letter-that is no less dangerous and is an offense, for it is not the office of experience to conjure up the past, but to build for the future.-...
EDOKKO: Growing Up a Foreigner in Wartime Japan
EDOKKO: Growing Up a Foreigner in Wartime Japan, Isaac Shapiro, iUniverse Inc., New York, 2010, 227 pages, $16.95.Isaac "Ike" Shapiro has written a charming memoir of growing up in wartime Japan. The fourth son of Russian-born, stateless Jewish musicians,...
Engaged Leadership: Linking the Professional Ethic and Battlefield Behaviors
ETHICAL BEHAVIOR OF battlefield soldiers is paramount in counterinsurgency and stability operations, where the support of the local populace is vital to mission success. Despite their rarity, ethical lapses even in the lowest tactical echelons can detrimentally...
GOING DUTCH: Counternarcotics Activities in the Afghan Province of Uruzgan
In fact, there has been only one society that has not engaged in the cultivation or development of intoxicants: the Eskimo.- David MacDonald, Drugs in AfghanistanA major European producer of synthetic drugs, including ecstasy, and cannabis cultivator;...
GUNS AGAINST THE REICH: Memoirs of an Artillery Officer on the Eastern Front
GUNS AGAINST THE REICH: Memoirs of an Artillery Officer on the Eastern Front, Petr Mikhin, Pen & Sword Military, Great Britain, 2010, 214 pages, $39.99.Guns Against the Reich is a fascinating, personal account of life on the German-Russian front...
INFORMATION OPERATIONS MATTERS: Best Practices
INFORMATION OPERATIONS MATTERS: Best Practices, Leigh Armistead, Potomac Books, Dulles, VA, 2010, 153 pages, $18.00.Since the introduction of information operations (IO) into the Department of Defense lexicon in 1998, the Joint community has had an ongoing...
Inside the Wire at Camp Taji: A Counterinsurgent's Experience
THE U.S. ARMY designed the Taji Theater Internment Facility and Reconciliation Center to be the most modern, secure, and comfortable U.S. detention facility in Iraq. Built for $107 million in the fall of 2008, it contains medical, educational, and judicial...
INVISIBLE WAR: The United States and the Iraq Sanctions
INVISIBLE WAR: The United States and the Iraq Sanctions, Joy Gordon, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA, 2010, 359 pages, $39.95.U.S. foreign policy failures, particularly in terms of Iraq and the 10-year UN Security Council regime, have been widely...
PATTON: The Pursuit of Destiny
PATTON: The Pursuit of Destiny, Agostino Von Hassell and Ed Breslin, Thomas Nelson, Nashville, TN, 2010, 195 pages, $19.99.Patton: The Pursuit of Destiny explores the achievements that propelled General George S. Patton into the history books as one...
Provincial Reconstruction Teams in Eastern Afghanistan: Utility as a Strategic Counterinsurgency Tool
The United States and its International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) partners have been engaging in counterinsurgency (COIN) in the area covered by Regional Command-East (RC-East) in Afghanistan for much of the last decade, with varying approaches,...
SEARCH AND DESTROY: The Story of an Armored Cavalry Squadron in Vietnam: 1-1 Cav, 1967-1968
SEARCH AND DESTROY: The Story of an Armored Cavalry Squadron in Vietnam: 1-1 Cav, 1967-1968, Keith W. Nolan, Zenith Press, Minneapolis, 2010, 448 pages, $30.00.Keith W. Nolan wrote his fi rst book on Vietnam battles when he was still a high school student...
SOMEWHERE INSIDE: One Sister's Captivity in North Korea and the Other's Fight to Bring Her Home
SOMEWHERE INSIDE: One Sister's Captivity in North Korea and the Other's Fight to Bring Her Home, Laura Ling and Lisa Ling, William Morrow/HarperCollins Publishers, New York, 2010, 322 pages, $26.99.Inscrutable.Rightly or wrongly, Westerners have long...
The 407th Brigade Support Battalion in Operation Unified Response: Expeditionary Logistics
WEDNESDAY, 13 JANUARY 2010, turned out to be more than the usual exciting day in the 2nd Brigade Combat Team (BCT), 82nd Airborne Division. The brigade's cavalry reconnaissance squadron, the 1-73 Cavalry, was alerted to respond to the earthquake in Haiti....
THE BERLIN-BAGHDAD EXPRESS: The Ottoman Empire and Germany's Bid for World Power
THE BERLIN-BAGHDAD EXPRESS: The Ottoman Empire and Germany's Bid for World Power, Sean McMeekin, Belkap Press of Harvard, Cambridge, MA, 2010, 462 pages, $29.95.We tend to think of global jihad as a modern phenomenon, something that dates back to events...
THE GEORGE W. BUSH DEFENSE PROGRAM: Policy, Strategy & War
THE GEORGE W. BUSH DEFENSE PROGRAM: Policy, Strategy & War, edited by Stephen J. Cimbala, Potomac Books, Dulles, VA, 2010, 317 pages, $24.95.This collection of essays by an impressive stable of contributors provides the reader with an objective and...
The Military-Media Relationship: An Exercise in Strategic Patience
THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN the military and the media is very much akin to a marriage. The honeymoon is long since over and both of us have seen the best and worst of each other. The partners cannot divorce or even think of asking for a permanent separation....
The Origins of the First World War
THE ORIGINS OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR, William Mulligan, Cambridge University Press, UK, 2010, 256 pages, $24.99.Few topics in historical debate are as contested as the causes of the First World War. William Mulligan, writing for Cambridge's New Approaches...
The Road to Reconciliation: Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration
IRAQ HAS A COMPLEX BACKGROUND of ethnicities, religions, and tribes. In many cases, the differences between these groups have resulted in conflict, ranging from a reluctance to work together to open hostility and fighting. The process of reconciliation...
THE WRONG WAR: Grit, Strategy, and the Way out of Afghanistan
THE WRONG WAR: Grit, Strategy, and the Way Out of Afghanistan, Francis J. "Bing" West, Random House, New York, 2011, 336 pages, $28.00.Bing West's The Wrong War is a compelling study of close combat, a thoughtful examination of the application of counterinsurgency...
Transformational Leadership: William DePuy's Vision for the Army
DURING THE MID-1980s, the entire American defense establishment was reconstructing its sense of professional identity after Vietnam. The all-volunteer force and a decade of budget shortfalls, equipment shortages, and maintenance problems ensued. Debilitating...
UNEMBEDDED: Two Decades of Maverick War Reporting
UNEMBEDDED: Two Decades of Maverick War Reporting, Scott Taylor, D&M Publishers Inc., Vancouver, BC, 374 pages, $34.95.After finishing Scott Taylor's introductory description of his terrifying captivity and inquisition by Turkomen insurgents in Iraq,...
Unmaking War, Remaking Men
UNMAKING WAR, REMAKING MEN, Kathleen Barry, Phoenix Rising Press, Santa Rosa, CA, 2011, 235 pages, $17.95.One key to a successful book is an interesting title. Though Kathleen Barry has succeeded with the title Unmaking War, Remaking Men, she has not...
VICTORIOUS INSURGENCIES: Four Rebellions That Shaped Our World
VICTORIOUS INSURGENCIES: Four Rebellions that Shaped Our World, Anthony James Joes, The University Press of Kentucky, Lexington, 2010, 328 pages, $40.00.In Victorious Insurgencies, Anthony James Joes examines four confl icts in which guerrillas exploited...
WAR WITHOUT FRONTS: The USA in Vietnam
WAR WITHOUT FRONTS: The USA in Vietnam, Bernd Greiner, Yale University Press, New Haven CT, 2009, 544 pages, $35.00.Bernd Greiner's position in War Without Fronts: The USA in Vietnam is that the My Lai massacre was not an aberration but merely an extreme...