Military Review

Professional military journal (English, Spanish and Portuguese).

Articles from Vol. 86, No. 5, September-October

American Military Performance in Iraq
IT HAS BECOME COMMONPLACE to blame the neoconservatives in the Bush administration for the confusion and continued bloodshed in Iraq. But as we enter the fourth year of the Iraq war, it is not too early to stand back and review our military performance...
Battlefield Victories and Strategic Success: The Path Forward in Iraq
THE ARMY is going through a period of introspection regarding its counterinsurgency (COIN) practices and their effectiveness in Iraq and Afghanistan. (1) Opinions vary on this topic, but I doubt three years ago anyone could have predicted the current...
China's Presence in Latin America: A View on Security from the Southern Cone
THERE IS NO contemporary analysis that can possibly disregard China, a commercial, financial, and political presence of mythical proportion that has been created around a growth that, from a distance, looks like some strange miracle. (1) From the...
Civilian-Military Relations in Latin America
FOR SOME TIME NOW, there has been debate in academic circles about just how much civilian politicians in Latin America need to know, and do, to control their militaries. David Pion-Berlin, a highly regarded scholar on Latin American civil-military...
Intelligent Design: COIN Operations and Intelligence Collection and Analysis
This article was originally published in Special Warfare, May-June 2006. It was written and reviewed by a team of officers in Class 2006-01 of the Command and General Staff Officer Course at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Contributors include Majors Laura...
It's Time for a New Round OER Reform
IN 1997 THE ARMY inaugurated a new officer evaluation system and a redesigned Officer Evaluation Report (OER), Department of the Army Form 67-9. The popular previous version had been compromised by an insidious inflation during the 19 years of its...
Modernizing U.S. Counterinsurgency Practice: Rethinking Risk and Developing a National Strategy
While the updating of U.S. Army counterinsurgency (COIN) doctrine is long overdue, its imminent arrival is cause for celebration. The reality, however, is that the military doctrine won't fully address two challenges that remain critical for its ultimate...
Networks: Terra Incognita and the Case for Ethnographic Intelligence
When it came to Vietnam, we found ourselves setting policy for a region that was terra incognita. --Robert McNamara, In Retrospect (1) THE PROLIFERATION of empowered networks makes "ethnographic intelligence' (EI) more important to the United...
Organizing Intelligence for Counterinsurgency
The very essence of counterinsurgency is the collection of intelligence for the government. --Lucian W. Pye (1) EFFECTIVE, ACCURATE, AND TIMELY intelligence is essential to conducting any form of warfare, including counterinsurgency operations,...
Statistics, Real Estate, and the Principles of War: Why There Is No Unified Theory of War
Callicratus: We're lucky men, you and I. We've been present at the moment the world changed. Eupolis: What's that supposed to mean? Callicratus: What's new, what's going to change the world, is that once they've beaten us they don't let us go....
The Expeditionary Sailor in the War on the Terror
AMONG THE MANY ODDITIES on display in my home office is a print depicting Captain A. K. Wilson, Royal Navy, engaged in a hand-to-hand fight with an enemy warrior during Britain's 1884-1885 Sudan War, an action for which he would be awarded the Victoria...
The Human Terrain System: A CORDS for the 21st Century
In accurately defining the contextual and cultural population of the task force battlespace, it became rapidly apparent that we needed to develop a keen understanding of demographics as well as the cultural intricacies that drive the Iraqi population....
The Leadership Battlebook: A Practical Approach to Leader Self-Development
I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles...
The XVIII Airborne Corps on the Ground in Iraq
FROM JANUARY 2005 to January 2006, XVIII Airborne Corps served as the nucleus of Multi-National Corps-Iraq (MNC-I). The Corps deployed with an experienced staff of officers and NCOs who had spent time in Afghanistan or Iraq, and it went through extensive...
U.S. National Security Policy: Framing an Authentic Preemptive Strategy in the 21st Century
AS THE UNITED STATES considers, adopts, and implements preemptive national security policy for the 21st century, it is important to ensure that we maintain a broad policy that not only keeps America secure, but also demonstrates a realistic and moral...
Viewing the Center of Gravity through the Prism of Effects-Based Operations
IN THE MAY-JUNE 2002 issue of Foreign Affairs, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld described his strategy for transforming the U.S. military. Part of that strategy is to "change not only the capabilities at our disposal, but also how we think about war."...