Military Review

Professional military journal (English, Spanish and Portuguese).

Articles from Vol. 92, No. 3, May/June

A FAILURE TO ENGAGE: Current Negotiation Strategies and Approaches
DURING A LUNCH with Afghan government officials not long ago, one of the Afghans, an attorney with 35 years of experience, passionately described the never-ending challenges he faced in reducing tax evasion at Afghan borders and customs depots. For more...
AFTER HIROSHIMA: The United States, Race, and Nuclear Weapons in Asia, 1945-1965
AFTER HIROSHIMA: The United States, Race, and Nuclear Weapons in Asia, 1945-1965, Matthew Jones, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, 2010, 514 pages, $116.00.If you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, you shouldn't judge this one by its title....
ALLAH'S ANGELS: Chechen Women in War
ALLAH'S ANGELS: Chechen Women in War, Paul J. Murphy, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD, 2010, 294 pages, $34.95.Allah's Angels: Chechen Women in War illustrates how changes and evolutions in the political and social environment, shifts in regional...
ALL IN: The Education of General David Petraeus
ALL IN: The Education of General David Petraeus , P a u l a Broadwell with Vernon Loeb, The Penguin Press, New York, 2012, 394 pages, $29.95.All In is not the typical biography or "tell-all" about public figures. The book does not span retired General...
ANA Logistics System: Getting to Afghan Right
"But when you leave, we are going back to the way we used to do it."- Anonymous Afghan officerIN MID-2010, I was assigned as the senior advisor for the Afghan National Army (ANA) General Staff G4 (GSG4/Chief of Logistics). During the handover period...
CHURCHILL'S SECRET WAR: The British Empire and the Ravaging of India during World War II
CHURCHILL'S SECRET WAR: The British Empire and the Ravaging of India During World War II, Madhusree Mukerjee, Basic Books, New York, 2010, 282 pages, $28.95.M a d h u s r e e M u k e r j e e 's Churchill's Secret War is a compelling, in-depth account...
Development and COIN in Regional Command-East, 2004-2008
THE LARGE INFUSION of development funds into Regional Command- East during the years 2004 to 2008 clearly supported counterinsurgency (COIN) efforts at the tactical level. At a strategic level, the correlation between COIN and projects is less clear,...
Difficult Missions: What Logic to Apply and What Action to Take
SOME MISSION ASSIGNMENTS are more complex than what at first meets the eye. The great nuclear physicist Albert Einstein once said, "If I were given one hour to save the planet, I would spend 59 minutes defining the problem and one minute resolving it."...
FRAGGING: Why U.S. Soldiers Assaulted Their Officers in Vietnam
FRAGGING: Why U.S. Soldiers Assaulted Their Officers in Vietnam, George Lepre, Texas Tech University Press, Lubbock, 2011, 318 pages, $27.96.Military forces have many noncombat casualties. In past wars, forces in camps faced illness and death from exposure,...
Fulfilling the Promise: A Joint Corps for a Joint Military
BARRETT TILLMAN WRITES, "Long before jointness became doctrine and purple entered the military vocabulary, U.S. naval and air forces were operating hand in glove in a manner not possible today. The best example remains the Doolittle Raid against Japan...
JIHAD JOE: Americans Who Go to War in the Name of Islam
JIHAD JOE: Americans Who Go to War in the Name of Islam, J.M. Berger, Potomac Books, Inc., 2011, Washington, DC, 265 pages, $29.95.In late July 2011, U.S. military authorities announced that it had an AWOL soldier, Private First Class Naser Abdo, in...
Killing the Cranes
KILLING THE CRANES, Edward Girardet, Chelsea Green Publishing, White River Junction, VT, 2011, 417 pages, $27.95.Although dissimilar in format and time frame, this book contains haunting echoes of "Berlin Diary," William L. Shirer's journal that warned...
Law and Ethics in Command Decision Making
MILITARY COMMANDERS OFTEN consult their staff judge advocates (SJAs), especially in the escalation of conflict. Seeking legal advice is increasing and has become prevalent, even in the battle space.1 "It is also clear from the commanders . . . that legal...
NOTHING LESS THAN WAR: A New History of America's Entry into World War I
NOTHING LESS THAN WAR: A New History of America's Entry into World War I, Justus D. Doenecke, The University of Kentucky Press, Lexington, 2011, 432 pages, $40.00.Many past histories of the United States entry into the World War I have focused on Imperial...
Operational Contract Support: Five Things Every Field Grade Officer Should Know
THE UNITED STATES ARMY cannot fight without contractors. On any given day, it has too many tasks and not enough troops. Those tasks come from various sources, including the White House, Congress, the joint staff, geographical combatant commanders, and...
PEARL HARBOR CHRISTMAS: A World at War, December 1941
PEARL HARBOR CHRISTMAS: A World at War, December 1941, Stanley Weintraub, Da Capo Press, Cambridge, MA, 2011, 208 pages, $24.00.This enlightening book reads like a close-up study of world leaders at the end of 1941: Roosevelt, Churchill, MacArthur, Hitler,...
Policy Options for a Cuban Spring
OVER 20 YEARS after the fall of the Soviet Union and more than 50 years since the Cuban revolution, the Cuban government remains a stubborn reminder that not all Cold War conflicts have ended. As the world watches historic political change taking place...
REVERED COMMANDER, MALIGNED GENERAL: The Life of Clarence Ransom Edwards, 1859-1931
REVERED COMMANDER, MALIGNED GENERAL: The Life of Clarence Ransom Edwards, 1859-1931, Michael E. Shay, University of Missouri Press, Columbia, 2011, 288 pages, $45.00.Those familiar with the history of the U.S. Army in World War I might recognize the...
Strategic Thinking in an Era of Persistent Conflict
IN SPEECHES IN September and October 2007, Army Chief of Staff General George Casey coined the phrase "era of persistent conflict," by which he meant "a period of protracted confrontation among states, nonstates, and individual actors, who are increasingly...
THE ASIAN MILITARY REVOLUTION: From Gunpowder to the Bomb
THE ASIAN MILITARY REVOLUTION: From Gunpowder to the Bomb, Peter A. Lorge, Cambridge University Press, New York, 188 pages, $26.99.Peter Lorge's The Asian Military Revolution is a valuable contribution to the ongoing debate about military revolution...
THE CAMPAIGNS FOR VICKSBURG, 1862-1863: Leadership Lessons
THE CAMPAIGNS FOR VICKSBURG, 1862-1863: Leadership Lessons, Kevin J. Dougherty, Casemate Publishers, Philadelphia, PA, 2011, 240 pages, $32.95.In The Campaigns for Vicksburg, 1862-1863: Leadership Lessons, historian Kevin J. Dougherty places Vicksburg...
THE MORMON REBELLION: America's First Civil War 1857-1858
THE MORMON REBELLION: America's First Civil War 1857-1858, David L. Bigler and Will Bagley, University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, 2011, 392 pages, $34.95.In 1857, President James Buchanan ordered 2,500 soldiers to escort Brigham Young's replacement as...
THE OPERATORS: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America's War in Afghanistan
THE OPERATORS: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America's War in Afghanistan, Michael Hastings, Blue Rider Press, New York, 2012, 432 pages, $27.95.The Operators is a cautionary tale of media-military relations. On one hand, it is a subtle reminder...
THE POPE'S SOLDIERS: A Military History of the Modern Vatican
THE POPE'S SOLDIERS: A Military History of the Modern Vatican, David Alvarez, University Press of Kansas, Lawrence, 2011, 444 pages, $34.95.David Alvarez provides a fascinating and well-researched history of the Vatican's military forces in the post-medieval...
The Reserve Component: Trained and Ready? Lessons of History
I RECENTLY ATTENDED a change of command for an Army Reserve sustainment headquarters, with one tour as a flagged command in Southwest Asia. The outgoing commander expressed overwhelming satisfaction with his unit's war record and proudly stated he was...
THE VIETNAM WAR: An Assessment by South Vietnamese Generals
THE VIETNAM WAR: An Assessment by South Vietnamese Generals, Lewis Sorley, Texas Tech University Press, Lubbock, 2010, 944 pages, $60.00.Lewis Sorley's The Vietnam War: An Assessment by South Vietnamese Generals is a work of great heft, both intellectual...
UNJUSTLY DISHONORED: An African American Division in World War I
UNJUSTLY DISHONORED: An African American Division in World War I, Robert H. Ferrell, University of Missouri Press, Columbia, 2011, 146 pages, $29.95.The 92nd Division was the only fully organized and manned African American division of the American Army...
UNTIL THEY ARE HOME: Bringing Back the MIAs from Vietnam, A Personal Memoir
UNTIL THEY ARE HOME: Bringing Back the MIAs from Vietnam, A Personal Memoir, Thomas T. Smith, Texas A&M University Press, College Station, 2011, 136 pages, $29.95Lieutenant Colonel Thomas T. Smith (Retired) commanded Detachment 2, Joint Task Force-...
Uzbekistan's View of Security in Afghanistan after 2014
MUCH OF THE recent focus on Uzbekistan in relation to Afghanistan has been on the Northern Distribution Network, which the United States uses for two main purposes: to transport nonlethal supplies through Central Asia to troops in Afghanistan and for...
VALLEYS OF DEATH: A Memoir of the Korean War
VALLEYS OF DEATH: A Memoir of the Korean War, William Richardson, with Kevin Maurer, Penguin, New York, 2010, 336 pages, 16.00.Since Thucydides recorded his account of the Peloponnesian Wars more than 2,400 years ago, combat memoirs have occupied a place...
VIOLENCE AGAINST PRISONERS OF WAR IN THE FIRST WORLD WAR: Britain, France, and Germany, 1914-1920
VIOLENCE AGAINST PRISONERS OF WAR IN THE FIRST WORLD WAR: Britain, France, and Germany, 1914-1920, Heather Jones, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, 2011, 451 pages, $110.00.The treatment of POWs is one of the neglected aspects of World War I....