Military Review

Professional military journal (English, Spanish and Portuguese).

Articles from Vol. 91, No. 2, March/April

A History of Chemical and Biological Weapons
A HISTORY OF CHEMICAL AND BIOLOGICAL WEAPONS, Edward M. Spiers, Reaktion Books, Inc., London, 2010, 223 pages, $35.00.Edward M. Spiers, professor of strategic studies and the pro-dean of research in the faculty of arts at Leeds University, is a longtime...
A Practical Guide to Design: A Way to Think about It, and a Way to Do It
MILITARY COMMAND IS difficult. This difficulty arises in part because the commander's operational environment renders near-complete understanding and prediction impossible. Yet understanding and prediction of a kind wee necessary. Since the commander's...
Beyond Reconciliation: Developing Faith, Hope, Trust, and Unity in Iraq
AS THE U.S. military begins its drawdown in Iraq, how we transition out of the country is just as important, if not more important, than how we entered in 2003. If Iraq is to become a legitimate democracy, our long-term ally, and a beacon of hope and...
CAVALRY OF THE HEARTLAND: The Mounted Forces of the Army of Tennessee
CAVALRY OF THE HEARTLAND: The Mounted Forces of the Army of Tennessee, Edward G. Longacre, Westhome Publishing, Yardley, PA, 2009, 429 pages, $35.00.Building on some of his earlier works, Lee's Cavalrymen and Lincoln's Cavalrymen, Edward Longacre 's...
CONFRONTING THE CHAOS: A Rogue Military Historian Returns to Afghanistan
CONFRONTING THE CHAOS: A Rogue Military Historian Returns to Afghanistan, Sean M. Maloney, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, 2009, 275 pages, $34.95.Dr. Sean Maloney is Canada's designated military historian for his country's efforts in Afghanistan....
CONTEMPORARY STATES OF EMERGENCY: The Politics of Military and Humanitarian Interventions
CONTEMPORARY STATES OF EMERGENCY: The Politics of Military and Humanitarian Interventions, edited by Didier Fassin and Mariella Pandolfi, Zone Books, 201 0, New York, 406 pages, $36.95.No relationship is more complex or internationally significant than...
European Warfare 1350-1750
EUROPEAN WARFARE 1350-1750, edited by Frank Tallett and D. J. B. Trim, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 20 1 0, 394 pages, $34.99.European Warfare 1350-1750 is an anthology of perspectives and interpretations by leading military historians on warfare...
"EXECUTE AGAINST JAPAN": The U.S. Decision to Conduct Unrestricted Submarine Warfare
"EXECUTE AGAINST JAPAN": The U.S. Decision to Conduct Unrestricted Submarine Warfare, Joel Ira Holwitt, Texas A&M University Press, College Station, 2009, 245 pages, $37.50.U.S. Navy submarine officer Joel Ira Holwitt has performed an impressive...
FIGHTING CHANCE: Global Trends and Shocks in the National Security Environment
FIGHTING CHANCE: Global Trends and Shocks in the National Security Environment, edited by Neyla Amas, Center for Technology and National Security Policy, National Defense University Press, Potomac Books, Washington, DC, 2009, 330 pages, $35.00.Fighting...
Fighting to Understand: A Practical Example of Design at the Battalion Level
SINCE ITS BEGINNINGS as an emerging concept, there has been a great deal of debate and confusion about just what design is. That is not surprising. In some ways, any attempt to describe design is an attempt to describe the indescribable.Design is, by...
Gangs, Pseudo-Militaries, and Other Modern Mercenaries
GANGS, PSEUDO-MILITARIES, AND OTHER MODERN MERCENARIES, Max G. Manwaring, University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, 2010, 238 pages, $36.00.Gangs is from the pen of a venerable author and educator within the American military establishment. Dr. Max Manwaring...
How Emotional Intelligence Can Make a Difference
Resilience: showing a tendency to recover quickly from setbacks, shock, injuries, adversity, and stress while maintaining a mission and organizational focus.- Field Manual 6-22, Army Leadership: Confident, Competent, and AgileYou 're going to see in...
KABOOM: Embracing the Suck in a Savage Little War
KABOOM: Embracing the Suck in a Savage Little War, Matt Gallagher, Da Capo Press, 2010, 294 pages, $24.95.As its title implies, Kaboom is about as subtle as a road-side bomb. Matt Gallagher writes on everything from the potentially deadly routine of...
Mechanized Forces in Irregular Warfare
AS THE ARMY develops a way forward in what General George W. Casey has called an "era of persistent conflict," it seems increasingly clear that mechanized forces are playing a diminishing role in favor of infantry-centric formations. However, while this...
Mexico: Failing State or Emerging Democracy?
IN JANUARY 2009, the retiring director of the Central Intelligence Agency, General Michael Hayden, described the increasing violence in Mexico along the nearly 2,000-mile long U.S. southern border as greater than Iraq and on par with Iran as the greatest...
Military Theory, Strategy, and Praxis
I want to speak to you tonight about our effort in Afghanistan - the nature of our commitment there, the scope of our interests, and the strategy that my administration will pursue to bring this war to a successful conclusion.- President Barack Obama,...
QUICKSAND: America's Pursuit of Power in the Middle East
QUICKSAND: America's Pursuit of Power in the Middle East, Geoffrey Wawro, The Penguin Press, New York, 20 1 0, 720 pages, $37.95.Geoffrey Wawro's Quicksand: America's Pursuit of Power in the Middle East attempts to be a single history of America's involvement...
REBELS WITHOUT BORDERS: Transnational Insurgencies in World Politics
REBELS WITHOUT BORDERS: Transnational Insurgencies in World Politics, Idean Salehyan, Cornell University Press, Ithaca, 2009, 216 pages, $39.95.Idean Salehyan has produced an interesting, persuasive study that pushes future research on civil war and...
Rebuilding Afghanistan's National Security Forces: Fighting Asymmetry with Symmetry
ASYMMETRY: WAYS TO exploit it, and means to counter it pervade the thinking of military professionals as much today as it did a decade ago. The Guardian, immediately after 9/1 1 , pointed out that "asymmetric warfare" had become a "buzz phrase."1 The...
The Coming Test of U.S. Credibility
America s influence has dwindled everywhere with the financial crisis and the rise of emerging powers. But it seems to be withering faster in the Middle East than anywhere else.- "Great sacrifices, small rewards," The Economist, 1 January 2011.THE RELATIVE...
THE CULTURE OF MILITARY INNOVATION: The Impact of Cultural Factors on the Revolution in Military Affairs in Russia, the U.S., and Israel
THE CULTURE OF MILITARY INNOVATION: The Impact of Cultural Factors on the Revolution in Military Affairs in Russia, the U.S., and Israel, Dima Adamsky, Stanford University Press, Stanford, CA, 2010, 231 pages, $25.95.This carefully researched work presents...
THE GRAND DESIGN: Strategy and the U.S. Civil War
THE GRAND DESIGN: Strategy and the U.S. Civil War, Donald Stoker, Oxford University Press, New York, 2010, 512 pages, $27.95.Donald Stoker insists that too many studies of how the Civil War was won and lost focus on battlefield campaigns and tactics....
THE WAR IN KOREA, 1950-1951: They Came from the North
THE WAR IN KOREA, 1950-1951: They Came from the North, Allan R. Millett, University Press of Kansas, Lawrence, 20 1 0, 644 pages, $45.00.This is the second volume of a projected trilogy on the history of the Korean War meant to synthesize, as much as...
The Way out of Afghanistan
WE HAVE A problem. Our counterinsurgency (COIN) doctrine states that "Soldiers and Marines are expected to be nation-builders as well as warriors." In ten years, we haven't built an Afghan nation, but the effort to do so has diverted and weakened the...
The Way the Army Fights Today
Change 1 to Field Manual 3-0We know how to fight today, and we are living the principles of mission command in Iraq and Afghanistan. Yet, these principles are not yet institutionalized in our doctrine and in our training. They do not "pervade the force....