Military Review

Professional military journal (English, Spanish and Portuguese).

Articles from Vol. 83, No. 1, January/February

A Fiasco
I was glad to see that in his article "Equipping the Force" (Military Review, May-June 2002) Brian J. Dunn takes a more independent view of Army Transformation than is usually seen in Army journals. An author is always pleased to see his work ("Remaining...
A Historical Aside
Understanding the evolution toward what has become the two-MTW force-planning construct is important to understanding and appreciating the conditions from which the approach was derived, how it was originally conceived, and why it was eventually adopted...
A History of Terrorism
A HISTORY OF TERRORISM, Walter Laqueur, Transaction Publishers, New Brunswick, NJ, 2001, 277 pages, $24.95. Walter Laqueur, professor emeritus of Georgetown University, is chairman of the International Research Council of the Center for Strategic and...
Air Defense with an Attitude: Helicopter V. Helicopter Combat
Helicopters are proliferating among the world's armies. This growing inventory includes armed helicopters equipped with weapons systems suitable for engaging other helicopters in aerial combat. In a major regional conflict, armed helicopters might pose...
Air Power: Promise and Reality
AIR POWER: Promise and Reality, ed., Mark K. Wells, Imprint Publications, Inc., Chicago, IL, 2000, 339 pages, $39.95. In Air Power: Promise and Reality, Colonel Mark K. Wells builds on previously published from 1978 symposium proceedings from the U.S....
Allegiance: Fort Sumter, Charleston, and the Beginning of the Civil War
ALLEGIANCE: Fort Sumter, Charleston, and the Beginning of the Civil War, David Detzer, Harcourt, Inc., New York, 2001, 384 pages, $27.00. I highly recommend Allegiance: Fort Sumter Charleston, and the Beginning of the Civil War, by David Detzer, for...
Command Legacy: A Tactical Primer for Junior Leaders of Combat Units
COMMAND LEGACY: A Tactical Primer for Junior Leaders of Combat Units, Raymond A. Millen, Brassey's, Dulles, VA, 2002, 368 pages, $24.95. Lieutenant Colonel Raymond A. Millen has, without a doubt, constructed what many doctrinal writers and commanders...
Command Post "Turf"
Overall, Lieutenant Colonel Jack Burkett's Military Review article "Radical C2 Doctrine and Design" (September-October 2002) is insightful, and I applaud Burkett for entering into the command post (CP) dialogue. From 2000 to 2002, 1 was Chief of Command,...
Defense by Other Means: The Politics of US-NIS Threat Reduction and Nuclear Security Cooperation
DEFENSE BY OTHER MEANS: The Politics of US-NIS Threat Reduction and Nuclear Security Cooperation, Jason D. Ellis, Praeger Publishers, Westport, CT, 2001, 221 pages, $67.95. In Defense By Other Means: The Politics of US-NIS Threat Reduction and Nuclear...
Defense Planning in a Decade of Change: Lessons from the Base Force, Bottom-Up Review, and Quadrennial Defense Review
DEFENSE PLANNING IN A DECADE OF CHANGE: Lessons from the Base Force, Bottom-Up Review, and Quadrennial Defense Review, Eric V. Larson, David T. Orletsky, Kristin Leuschner, The RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, CA, 2001, 156 pages, $20.00. This document...
Does America Need a Foreign Policy? toward a Diplomacy for the 21st Century
DOES AMERICA NEED A FOREIGN POLICY? Toward a Diplomacy for the 21st Century, Henry A. Kissinger, Simon & Schuster, New York, 2001, 318 pages, $30.00. "Yes" is the answer to the question in the title of Henry A. Kissinger's foreign policy treatise....
Duty, Honor, Privilege: New York's Silk Stocking Regiment and the Breaking of the Hindenburg Line
DUTY, HONOR, PRIVILEGE: New York's Silk Stocking Regiment and the Breaking of the Hindenburg Line, Stephen L. Harris, Brassey's, Inc., Dulles. VA, 2001, 374 pages, $27.95. Stephen L. Harris' Duty, Honor, Privilege: New York's Silk Stocking Regiment and...
Effects-Based Decisions and Actions
WHY SHOULD commanders and staff use effects-based decision and action? Staffs often spend precious time in process rather than in product. They devote many hours working through all the steps in the decisionmaking process rather than focusing on issuing...
Fires of Hatred: Ethnic Cleansing in Twentieth Century Europe
FIRES OF HATRED: Ethnic Cleansing in Twentieth Century Europe, Norman M. Naimark, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA, 2001, 248 pages, $24.95. Since its entry into the vocabulary in 1992, the term "ethnic cleansing" has dominated the collective...
Fort Robinson and the American Century
FORT ROBINSON AND THE AMERICAN CENTURY, Thomas R. Buecker, Nebraska State Historical Societ Lincoln, 2002, 242 pages, $40.00. My lifelong interest in horses and riding led me to review Fort Robinson and the American Century by Thomas R. Buecker. Younger...
From the Editor
Since 1922, Military Review has had several formats and designs. The current layout took form in the mid- I980s. Since then, the world has undergone many changes: the Soviet Union's demise, the end of the Cold War, the Persian Gulf war, operations in...
How Did This Happen? Terrorism and the New War
HOW DID THIS HAPPEN? Terrorism and the New War, James F. Hoge, Jr., and Gideon Rose, eds., Foreign Affairs, New York, 2001, 324 pages, $14.00. How Did This Happen? Terrorism and the New War is a superb, thought-provoking book. The combined talents of...
Human Rights in Iran: The Abuse of Cultural Relativism
HUMAN RIGHTS IN IRAN: The Abuse of Cultural Relativism, Reza Afshari, University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia, 2001, 376 pages, $49.95. Reza Afshari teaches human rights and history at New York's Pace University. Human Rights in Iran: The Abuse...
Jefferson Davis in Blue: The Life of Sherman's Relentless Warrior
JEFFERSON DAVIS IN BLUE: The Life Of Sherman's Relentless Warrior, Nathaniel Cheairs Hughes, Jr., and Gordon D. Whitney, Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge, 2002, 475 pages, $49.95. In Jefferson Davis in Blue, Nathaniel Cheairs Hughes and...
Lifting the Fog of War
LIFTING THE FOG OF WAR, Admiral Bill Owens with Ed Offley, The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, MD, 2001, 296 pages, $16.95. In Lifting the Fog of War Admiral Bill Owens, former Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, states that fewer...
Major McKinley: William McKinley & the Civil War
MAJOR MCKINLEY: William McKinley & the Civil War, William H. Armstrong, Kent State University Press, Ohio, 2000, 191 pages, $18.00. Iron Majors rejoice! There is hope for all. William H. Armstrong's Civil War biography, Major McKinley, about President...
Man, the State and War: A Theoretical Analysis
MAN, THE STATE AND WAR: A Theoretical Analysis, Kenneth N. Waltz, Columbia University Press, New York, 2001, 263 pages, $19.50. As military professionals, we might frequently investigate the causes of any particular conflict, but rarely do we delve into...
Mending Fences: The Evolution of Moscow's China Policy from Brezhnev to Yeltsin
MENDING FENCES: The Evolution of Moscow's China Policy from Brezhnev to Yeltsin, Elizabeth Wishnick, University of Washington Press, Seattle, 2001, 320 pages, $45.00. In Mending Fences, Elizabeth Wishnick carefully details the evolution of Moscow's China...
Nationalism and Ethnic Conflct (International Security Readers)
NATIONALISM AND ETHNIC CONFLICT (International Security Readers), Michael E. Brown, Owen R. Cote, Jr., Sean M. Lynn-Jones, and Steven E. Miller. eds., The MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 2001, 491 pages, $27.95. Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict is a collection...
Officership: The Professional Practice
GIVEN THE INCREASED operations tempo of the past decade, many in the Army family have lost comrades-in-arms, friends, or loved ones. How are we to remember these people's lives, services, and sacrifices? Did these young people, who had lived so little,...
Pearl Harbor Betrayed: The True Story of a Man and a Nation under Attack
PEARL HARBOR BETRAYED: The True Story of a Man and a Nation under Attack, Michael Gannon, Henry Holt and Company, New York, 2001, 282 pages, $27.50. For 60 years, the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor has been an endless source of debate, and the questions...
Presidential Decisions for War: Korea, Vietnam, and the Persian Gulf
PRESIDENTIAL DECISIONS FOR WAR: Korea, Vietnam, and the Persian Gulf, Gary R. Hess, The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, MD. 2001. 262 as $49.95. The decision to commit U.S. forces to combat is perhaps the most difficult and agonizing that...
Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory
RACE AND REUNION: The Civil War in American Memory, David W. Blight, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA, 2001, 512 pages, $29.95. In Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory, David W. Blight tells a passionate tale of the battle over the...
Robert E. Lee: Three Views
One of the pleasant problems with studying history is that few things are black and white. Many historians have examined, and disagreed on, the South's attempt to preserve its "peculiar institution" and to achieve independence.1 One of history's never-ending,...
Russia's Checken Wars 1994-2000: Lessons from Urban Combat
RUSSIA'S CHECHEN WARS 1994-2000: Lessons from Urban Combat, Olga Oliker, The RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, CA, 2001, 102 pages, $15.00. More than a century and a half ago, the Russian poet Mikhail Lermontov remarked of Chechens: "Their god is freedom,...
Special Forces: A Guided Tour of U.S. Army Special Forces
SPECIAL FORCES: A Guided Tour of U.S. Army Special Forces, Tom Clancy with John Gresham, Berkley Books, New York, 2001, 366 pages, $16,00. In Special Forces: A Guided Tour of US. Army Special Forces, Tom Clancy continues his examination of the U.S. military...
Spirit, Blood, and Treasure: The American Cost of Battle in the 21st Century
SPIRIT, BLOOD, AND TREASURE: The American Cost of Battle in the 21st Century, Donald Vandergriff, ed., Presidio Press, Novato, CA, 2001, 424 pages, $34.95. Discussion of the future transformation of the U.S. military, although somewhat muted since the...
Strategic Asia: Power and Purpose, 2001-02
STRATEGIC ASIA: Power and Purpose, 2001-02, eds., Richard J. Ellings and Aaron L. Friedberg, The National Bureau of Asian Research, Seattle, WA, 2001, 378 pages, $19.95. Strategic Asia 2001-02: Power and Purpose, consists of an annually published report...
Strategy Revisited
U.S. strategymakers are allowing short-term concerns over constrained resources to shape U.S. national security strategy. A capabilities-based strategy is shortsighted and runs counter to traditional definitions of strategy. Basing national security...
The Army Officer as Servant
The Army exists for one purpose-- to serve the Nation. For over 225 years, American Soldiers have answered the Nation's call to duty, faithfully and selflessly performing any mission that the American people have asked of them. -The Honorable Thomas...
The Army Officer as Warfighter
Battle is the ultimate to which the whole life's labor of an officer should be directed. He may live to the age of retirement without seeing a battle; still, he must always be getting ready for it as if he knew the hour of the day it is to break upon...
The Battalion and Brigade Executive Officer
How best can you use your executive officer (XO)? Procedures vary with personalities, but the principles remain fixed. I learned the business of command and XO duties from some great leaders and dynamic XOs. These officers collectively made the unit...
The Cat from Hue: A Vietnam War Story
THE CAT FROM HUE: A Vietnam War Story, John Lawrence, Public Affairs, NY, 2002, 864 pages, $30.00. The cat from Hue was a filthy, forlorn, shell-shocked kitten that TV war correspondent John Laurence rescued during the savage battle for Hue in February...
The Doomsday Scenario
THE DOOMSDAY SCENARIO, L. Douglas Keeney and Stephen Schwartz, MBI Publishing Company, St. Paul, MN, 2002, 126 pages, $19.95. In Doomsday Scenario, L. Douglas Keeney and Stephen Schwartz present two of the three sections from the U.S. Emergency Plans...
The Emergence of Peer Competitiors: A Framework for Analysis
THE EMERGENCE OF PEER COMPETITORS: A Framework for Analysis, Thomas. S. Szayna, Daniel L. Byman, Steven C. Bankes, Derek Eaton, Seth G. Jones, Robert E. Mullins, Ian 0. Lesser, and William Rosenau, The RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, CA, 2001, 171 pages,...
The Myth of the Great War: A New Military History of World War I
THE MYTH OF THE GREAT WAR: A New Military History of World War I, John Mosier, HarperCollins, New York, 2001, 381 pages, $30.00. In both title and introduction, John Mo si er's The Myth of the Great War: A New Military History of World War I promises...
The New DOCC
All preparations and executions were conducted in the LSS and involved rotating personnel in and out, setting up and taking down chairs, and so on. [A]gainst a conventional enemy, this arrangement worked. However, the COE enemy presented a much more...
The Paradox of American Power: Why the World's Only Superpower Can't Go It Alone
THE PARADOX OF AMERICAN POWER: Why the World's Only Superpower Can't Go It Alone, Joseph S. Nye, Jr., Oxford University Press, NY, 2002, 222 pages, $26.00. Joseph S. Nye, Jr., was dean of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and assistant...
The Prosecution of Former Military Leaders in Newly Democratic Nations: The Cases of Argentina, Greece, and South Korea
THE PROSECUTION OF FORMER MILITARY LEADERS IN NEWLY DEMOCRATIC NATIONS: The Cases of Argentina, Greece, and South Korea, Terence Roehrig, McFarland and Company, Jefferson, NC, 2002, 211 pages, $35.00. Can a nation that has been under military rule successfully...
The Rise of China in Asia: Security Implications
THE RISE OF CHINA IN ASIA: Security Implications, Carolyn W. Pumphrey, ed., Strategic Studies Institute, Carlisle, PA, 2001, 308 pages, price unknown. The Rise of China in Asia: Security Implications is a compilation of essays presented at a March 2001...
The Saudis: Inside the Desert Kingdom
With rumblings about possibly ejecting U.S. forces from Saudi Arabia, it is important to dust off some old books regarding the Desert Kingdom to understand where America's relationship with Saudi Arabia has been and where it is going. Journalist Sandra...
The United States and Asia: Toward a New U.S. Strategy and Force Posture
THE UNITED STATES AND ASIA: Toward a New U.S. Strategy and Force Posture, Zalmay Khalilzad, ed., The RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, CA, 2001, 260 pages, $20.00. The United States and Asia: Toward a New US. Strategy and Force Posture, a futures book,...
The Yom Kippur War: Indications and Warnings
The 1973 Yom Kippur War ranks high in the annals of intelligence failures. Although the Israelis scored a tactical victory against the Syrians and the Egyptians, the victory came at a high cost in men and materiel. Syrian forces penetrated the Golan...
The Yom-Kippur War: Memoirs of Egyptian Generls
During the last decade, Egyptian generals have written prolifically about the 1967 Six-Day War and the 1973 Yom Kippur war. Many articles and books have appeared explaining the strategic and tactical aspects of these wars with particular interest in...
Under Army Orders: The Army National Guard during the Korean War
UNDER ARMY ORDERS: The Army National Guard during the Korean War, William M. Donnelly, Texas A&M University Press, College Station, 2001, 271 pages, $34.95. Under Army Orders: The Army National Guard during the Korean War sheds light on the age-old...
Understanding Information Age Warfare
UNDERSTANDING INFORMATION AGE WARFARE, David S. Alberts, eds., CCRP Publications, Vienna, VA, 2001, 312 pages, price unknown. The main thesis of Understanding Information Age Warfare is the importance of providing understanding of the characteristics...
Warrior Politics: Why Leadership Demands a Pagan Ethos
WARRIOR POLITICS: Why Leadership Demands a Pagan Ethos, Robert D. Kaplan, Random House, NY, 2002, 198 pages, 22.95. The insightful observations Robert D. Kaplan reveals in his many books are of benefit to any military officer or political leader with...