Military Review

Professional military journal (English, Spanish and Portuguese).

Articles from Vol. 92, No. 4, July-August

Advance and Destroy: Patton as Commander in the Bulge
ADVANCE AND DESTROY: Patton as Commander in the Bulge, John Nelson Rickard, University of Kentucky Press, Lexington, 2011, 490 pages, $34.95. FIGHTING PATTON: George S. Patton Jr. Through the Eyes of His Enemies, Harry Yeide, Zenith Press, Minneapolis,...
An Army Outgunned: Physics Demands a New Basic Combat Weapon
AMERICA'S NATIONAL SECURITY strategy demands that our combat forces defeat enemy combatants across the full spectrum of battlefield environments, not just leafy jungles or the plains of Europe. Despite an increasing portfolio of enemies that are flexible,...
Ataturk: Lessons in Leadership from the Greatest General of the Ottoman Empire
ATATURK: Lessons in Leadership from the Greatest General of the Ottoman Empire, Austin Bay, Palgrave Macmillan, New York, 2011, $23.00. Kemal Ataturk's place in history is little known in the West, and few military professionals study his campaigns....
Battlefield Angels: Saving Lives under Enemy Fire from Valley Forge to Afghanistan
BATTLEFIELD ANGELS: Saving Lives Under Enemy Fire From Valley Forge to Afghanistan, Scott McGaugh, Osprey Publishing, Long Island City, NY, 2011, 272 pages, $24.95. Marketing director of the USS Midway Museum and a former journalist and author of...
Beetle: The Life of General Walter Bedell Smith
BEETLE: The Life of General Walter Bedell Smith, D.K.R. Crosswell, The University Press of Kentucky, Lexington, 2010, 1088 pages, $39.95. Eisenhower thought General Walter "Beetle" Smith indispensable to the Allied victory in Europe, yet Smith remains...
Beyond the Military Revolution: War in the Seventeenth-Century World
BEYOND THE MILITARY REVOLUTION: War in the Seventeenth-Century World, Jeremy Black, Palgrave Macmillan, Houndmills, UK, 2011, $29.95, 234 pages. Jeremy Black's latest book, Beyond the Military Revolution, attempts to consider events and developments...
Command Culture: Officer Education in the U.S. Army and the German Armed Forces, 1901-1940, and the Consequences for World War II
COMMAND CULTURE: Officer Education in the U.S. Army and the German Armed Forces, 19011940, and the Consequences for World War II, Jorg Muth, University of North Texas Press, Denton, 2011, 366 pages, $29.95. At a recent scholarly conference, a number...
Counterinsurgency in Pakistan
COUNTERINSURGENCY IN PAKISTAN, Seth G. Jones and C. Christine Fair, RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, CA, 2010, 206 pages, $23.00. Counterinsurgency in Pakistan is an ideal country study for units deploying to the region and classic literature for...
Counterstrike: The Untold Story of America's Secret Campaign against Al Qaeda
COUNTERSTRIKE: The Untold Story of America's Secret Campaign Against Al Qaeda, Eric Schmitt and Thom Shanker, Times Books, Henry Holt and Company, New York, 2011, 312 pages, $27.00. An insider's tour of the many aspects of the U.S. government's...
Cultural Training for Military Personnel: Revisiting the Vietnam Era
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] IN THE YEARS since the 9/11 attacks and in the subsequent conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, the U.S. Department of Defense has initiated many programs and policies to prepare military personnel to operate in foreign cultures....
Desert Hell: The British Invasion of Mesopotamia
DESERT HELL: The British Invasion of Mesopotamia, Charles Townshend, Belknap Press, Cambridge, MA, 2011, 591 pages, $35.00. Townshend's work is a masterful retelling of the British imperial experience in Iraq. Believing a Mesopotamia controlled...
Father of Money: Buying Peace in Baghdad
FATHER OF MONEY: Buying Peace in Baghdad, Jason Whiteley, Potomac Books, Washington, DC, 2011, 191 pages, $27.50. Father of Money: Buying Peace in Baghdad is a junior officer's view of how reconstruction money used wisely can lead to reduced violence...
Gardener-Leaders: A New Paradigm for Developing Adaptive, Creative, and Humble Leaders
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] GROWING UP, if I wasn't playing sports I was doing one of two things: building model airplanes or gardening with my father. Both were captivating mental exercises, but for different reasons. Building models was an exacting...
General Richard Cavazos and the Korean War, 1953: A Study in Combat Leadership
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] BY 1952, the war in Korea had settled into something that more closely resembled World War I than the fluid movement of World War II. The front lines of the opponents, the Republic of Korea and United States in the south and...
Grunts: Inside the American Infantry Combat Experience World War II through Iraq
GRUNTS: Inside the American Infantry Combat Experience World War II through Iraq, John C. McManus, Penguin Books, New York, 2010, 518 pages, $25.95. Few authors capture the essence of the human dimension of war as well as John C. McManus. Combining...
In Defense of Japan: From the Market to the Military in Space Policy
IN DEFENSE OF JAPAN: From the Market to the Military in Space Policy, Saadia M. Pekkanen and Paul Kallender-Umezu, Stanford University Press. Stanford, CA, 2010, 377 pages, $55.00. How Japan's defense policies have developed and where those policies...
Inevitable Sword of Heat
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] History has shown that strategy, tactics, concepts, and even politics, as well as world-power, all eventually adjust to technology. (1) --Benjamin Delahauf Foulois I HAD FOUND THE death ray. In 1966 I was just 12 years...
Observations of a Strategic Corporal
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] There is another type of warfare--new in its intensity, ancient in its origin--war by guerrillas, subversives, insurgents, assassins; war by ambush instead of combat, by infiltration instead of aggression, seeking victory...
The Individual Ready Reserve: Reforming the Army's Hidden Legions
REDUCTIONS OF THE end strength of the Army's active component may or may not be advisable. In the wake of the latest strategic guidance from the Defense Department, Sustaining Global Leadership: Priorities for 21st Century Defense (January 2012), the...
The Iron Way: Railroads, the Civil War, and the Making of Modern America
THE IRON WAY: Railroads, the Civil War, and the Making of Modern America, William G. Thomas, Yale University Press, New Haven, CT, 2011, 296 pages, $30.00. William G. Thomas's The Iron Way is a conceptually ambitious and methodologically innovative...
The Joy of Officership
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give." -- Eleanor Roosevelt RECENTLY, SEVERAL ARTICLES about "toxic leadership" within...
The Missed Opportunity: A Critique of ADP 3-0, Unified Land Operations
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] IN OCTOBER 2011, the Army unveiled Army Doctrine Publication (ADP) 3-0, Unified Land Operations, the replacement for FM 3-0, Operations. Under the Doctrine 2015 initiative, the new ADPs replace the traditional FMs with concise...
The Politics of Security in Modern Russia
THE POLITICS OF SECURITY IN MODERN RUSSIA, Edited by Mark Gaelotti, Ashgate Publishing Company, Burlington, VT, 2010, 233 pages, $99.95. The Politics of Security in Modern Russia brings together quality academic research and sound assessments on...
Turkey and the Arab Spring
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THE ARAB SPRING is a complex, rapidly unfolding phenomenon of uprisings, revolutions, mass demonstrations, and civil war, a diverse set of movements with diverse instigators and aspirations, including freedom, economic opportunity,...
"We're Fighting an Intelligence War." A Strategic-Level Intelligence Advisor's Lessons Learned
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] HOW WE PERFORM will determine whether we win against the terrorists. We're fighting an intelligence war," said Major General Hasan Daim Rasan al-Burhami, director of Iraq's National Intelligence Cell, to a conference room...