Military Review

Professional military journal (English, Spanish and Portuguese).

Articles from Vol. 85, No. 5, September-October

Battle Command Toppling the Tower of Babel
As night fell, the situation grew threatening. Marcone arrayed his battalion in a defensive position on the far side of the bridge and awaited the arrival of bogged-down reinforcements. One communications intercept did reach him: A single Iraqi brigade...
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Chinese Army Modernization: An Overview
THE CHINESE People's Liberation Army (PLA) is in the third decade of a comprehensive program of modernization and transformation that began in 1979 after the PLA's last major campaign against a foreign enemy, its "self-defensive counterattack" against...
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Don't Follow the Bear: The Soviet Attempt to Build Afghanistan's Military
THE SOVIET experience in Afghanistan during the 1980s provides many lessons for contemporary military operations. The apparent similarity to the position the United States finds itself in today in Afghanistan and Iraq warrants giving some attention...
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International Law and Terrorism
WE HAVE BEEN operating impression that the International Law of Armed Conflict (LOAC) is inimical to our effective prosecution of the war on terrorism. (1) But what has come to be called lawfare is a weapon that rightly belongs in the hands of those...
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North Korea: Government-Sponsored Drug Trafficking
ON 16 APRIL 2003, off the coast of Australia, aerial surveillance of the North Korean freighter Pong Su led police to follow two Chinese suspects as they left the beach and headed for a nearby hotel. The following morning police apprehended them, seized...
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Perceptions and Courses of Actions toward Iran
TAKE THIS QUICK QUIZ: In which Islamic theocracy were there immediate and repeated public outpourings of sympathy for Americans following the 9/11 attacks in 2001? If you did not know about the several candlelight vigils in Iran, you are not alone....
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Seeing Red: Creating a Red-Team Capability for the Blue Force
This is not exactly the enemy we wargamed against. --LTG William S. Wallace, Commander of V Corps during Operation Iraqi Freedom (1) LIEUTENANT GENERAL William S. Wallace had considered the adaptive nature of the enemy, but apparently he had...
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Sidewise Technologies: National Security and Global Power Implications
IF WE ACCEPT the premise that the latest advances in technology matter the most, looking at comparative international positioning in information technology (IT), biotechnology, nanotechnology, and quantum computing, then we would logically ask: Can...
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Ten Misperceptions about North Korea
In July 2005, after a 13-month boycott, North Korea returned to the 6-nation multilateral talks on nuclear disarmament. Was its return just the latest in a long series of diplomatic feints and frauds, or was it an honest move to engage in earnest dialog?...
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The New Master of Wizard's Chess: The Real Hugo Chavez and Asymmetric Warfare
BEGINNING WITH the election of Hugo Chavez Frias as President of Venezuela in 1998, the United States and Venezuela have exchanged a continuous series of acrimonious charges and countercharges. Each country has repeatedly argued that the other is engaged...
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Unprivileged Belligerency: The IRA
Formal declarations of war have long been out of fashion. But when a state of war ... is recognized as such by all the countries involved in it, persons who kill innocent civilians (e.g., by bombing raids) are not regarded as murderers and may even...
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Using Biometrics to Achieve Identity Dominance in the Global War on Terrorism
A FINGERPRINT match identified the 20th hijacker. In December 2001, U.S. military forces detained Mohamed Al Kahtani as an enemy combatant on the field of battle in Southwest Asia. (1) During repeated interrogations Kahtani denied being a combatant...
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