Military Review

Professional military journal (English, Spanish and Portuguese).

Articles from Vol. 87, No. 6, November-December

Armed Humanitarian Intervention and International Law: A Primer for Military Professionals
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] ALTHOUGH THE LAW of armed conflict adds an element of humanity to warfare while high-tech weapons with precision munitions add the perception of control, war is still armed conflict that causes both intended and unintended...
Army Planning Doctrine: Identifying the Problem Is the Heart of the Problem
IN 1968, U.S. Army Field Manual (FM) 101-5, Staff Officers' Field Manual: Staff Organization and Procedure, established problem solving as the bedrock of Army doctrine. (1) In all subsequent versions of FM 101-5, its successor FM 5-0, Army Planning...
Becoming an Adaptive Leader
[ILLUSTRATIONS OMITTED] MANY ARMY OFFICERS know the story of Lieutenant Colonel Nate Sassaman. Even if they do not recognize his name, they probably remember a New York Times article about him, "The Fall of the Warrior King," which tells how Sassaman,...
Brigade Headquarters for National Guard Civil Support Teams: A Homeland Security Imperative
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Public safety organizations, chief administrative officers, slate emergency management agencies, and the Department of Homeland Security should develop a regional focus within the emergency responder community ... --The...
China's Pragmatic Rise and U.S. Interests in East Asia
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] IS CHINESE FOREIGN POLICY undergoing a profound change? During most of the past five decades of Communist rule, China's foreign policy reflected a strong tendency toward bilateral relations and a readiness, if not a predilection,...
Clarity and Culture in Stability Operations
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The object of war is to attain a better peace ... Hence it is essential to conduct war with constant regard to the peace you desire ... If you concentrate exclusively on military victory, with no thought for the after-effect,...
Fighting Identity: Why We Are Losing Our Wars
THE PLACE: The River Frigidus, in a country we now call Bosnia. The time: autumn, 394. Two Roman emperors. Theodosius I and Eugenius, are at war, with the world in the balance. A deciding factor: Alaric's Gothic tribal militia. His shock troops storm...
Lieutenant Michael P. Murphy: United States Navy Awarded the Medal of Honor
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] FOR SERVICE AS SET FORTH IN THE FOLLOWING' CITATION: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as the leader of a special reconnaissance element with naval special...
No End in Sight
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Intentionally or not, director Charles Ferguson's No End in Sight (Magnolia Pictures, New York) pays subtle homage to historian Barbara Tuchman, evoking about the war in Iraq one of her particularly poignant reflections about...
S.W.E.T. and BLOOD: Essential Services in the Battle between Insurgents and Counterinsurgents
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] IN DECEMBER 2006, the U.S. Army published a new field manual, FM 3-24, Counterinsurgency (COIN). This FM identifies "the ability to generate and sustain popular support" as an insurgency's center of gravity. (1) Consequently,...
The "Armed Reconciler": The Military Role in Amnesty, Reconciliation, and Reintegration Process
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THE PROCESS OF RECONCILING a fractured and fragmented society after any conflict--or better yet before a conflict can erupt--is tortuously complicated. It can take almost Herculean resolve to confront a past in which one or...
The Chinese Military's Strategic Mind-Set
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "STRATEGY" IS a Chinese military term with thousand of years of tradition and culture behind it. In antiquity, the Chinese classified strategists according to four concept-categories: power and stratagem, disposition and capability,...
The Future of the Uniformed Army Scientist and Engineer Program
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION relevant to the field of battle have often been a key factor in gaining victory in combat. An often noted example is the Battle of Agincourt in 1415, around the advent of the rebirth of learning in...
The Law of Occupation and Post-Armed-Conflict Governance: Considerations for Future Conflicts
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Judge advocates provide commanders and their staffs legal advice on the application of occupation law in specific instances in military operations. This article provides an overview of some fundamental principles of occupation...
The Preemption of Nuclear Weapons
NO LEGAL DOCTRINE allows any nation to use force against an adversary that is developing nuclear weapons. The question for the international community is whether this prohibition has increased the risk of war. The United Nations Charter allows a nation...
The Strategic Plans and Policy Officer in the Modular Division
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THE ARMY'S TRANSFORMATION from a division-based to a modular-brigade-based force structure has led to a number of significant changes to the division headquarters. Under the modular design, the division headquarters is now...