Military Review

Professional military journal (English, Spanish and Portuguese).

Articles from Vol. 92, No. 5, September/October

An Asset out of You and Me: Communicating What It Truly Means to Be a Soldier
THE ARMY MUST inform our political leaders and the national media what it means to be a member of the profession of arms. The Army is accountable to the American people who employ and finance it, and the people need to know about an institution and instrument...
Axis Sally: The American Voice of Nazi Germany
AXIS SALLY: THE AMERICAN VOICE OF NAZI GERMANY, Richard Lucas, Casemate Publishers, Philadelphia and Newbury, 2010, 321 pages, $29.95IF ANYONE was tailor-made for cable TV movie-of-the-week treatment, it was Mildred Gillars, a failed showgirl and actress...
BROTHERS, RIVALS, VICTORS: Eisenhower, Patton, Bradley and the Partnership That Drove the Allied Conquest in Europe
BROTHERS, RIVALS, VICTORS: Eisenhower, Patton, Bradley and the Partnership that Drove the Allied Conquest in Europe, Jonathan W. Jordan, NAL Trade, New York, 2011, 547 pages, $28.95IN BROTHERS, RIVALS, Victors: Eisenhower, Patton, Bradley and the Partnership...
CGSC: Developing Leaders to Adapt and Dominate for the Army of Today and Tomorrow
IN AUGUST 2007, the historic U.S. Army Command and General StaffCollege (CGSC) moved into the 440,000 square foot Lewis and Clark Center to continue its 131-year tradition of educating Army officers for service to the nation. For alumni who experienced...
CHINA AND COEXISTENCE: Beijing's National Security Strategy for the Twenty-First Century
CHINA AND COEXISTENCE: Beijing's National Security Strategy for the Twenty-First Century, Liselotte Odgaard, The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, MD, 2012, 264 pages, $45.00ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR AT the Royal Danish Defence College, Institute...
Customary Law and Its Challenges to Afghan Statehood
"Where do you go when you have a problem like a land dispute or if two neighbors get in a fistfight?""We go to our village elders (mashraan) first. If they can't fix it, then we go to the district center."I HAD THE CONVERSATION above with numerous Afghans...
DEMOCRACY'S ARSENAL: Creating a Twenty-First-Century Defense Industry
DEMOCRACY'S ARSENAL: Creating a Twenty-First-Century Defense Industry, Jacques S. Gansler, MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 2011, 452 pages, $45.00THIS IS THE fourth major work on the defense industry by Jacques S. Gansler, a well-respected scholar and former...
Developing an Effective Command Philosophy
The underlying philosophy of leaders has a significant impact on the way they relate to others, attempt to influence others, judge the actions of others, and make decisions affecting others. Most leadership theories, however, neglect this factor.- Steven...
DRIFT: The Unmooring of American Military Power
DRIFT: The Unmooring of American Military Power, Rachel Maddow, Crown Publishing, New York, 2012, 264 pages, $25.00FEW MODERN BOOKS written by political commentators provide Drift's ideological dichotomy. Its author, Rachel Maddow, is a wellknown television...
FALLEN ELITES: The Military Other in Post-Unification Germany
FALLEN ELITES: The Military Other in Post-Unification Germany, Andrew Bickford, Stanford University Press, Palo Alto, CA, 2011, 268 pages, $22.95EVER WONDER WHAT happened to the East German Army? Veterans of the Cold War, especially those stationed in...
GHOSTS OF EMPIRE: Britain's Legacies in the Modern World
GHOSTS OF EMPIRE: Britain's Legacies in the Modern World, Kwasi Kwarteng, PublicAffairs Press, New York, 2012, 480 pages, $29.99WHILE NO SHORTAGE of literature exists on the subject of the British Empire, Ghosts of Empire provides a fresh perspective...
GUERRILLA LEADER: T.E. Lawrence and the Arab Revolt
GUERRILLA LEADER: T.E. Lawrence and the Arab Revolt, James J. Schneider, Bantam Books, New York, 2011, 313 pages, $28.00THOMAS EDWARD LAWRENCE was an extremely effective battlefield officer, a brilliant writer and military theorist, and protagonist in...
Harnessing Initiative and Innovation: A Process for Mission Command
"Mission Command. The increasing complexity and uncertainty anticipated in the future environment demand that Joint Force 2020 employ mission command to unleash its full potential in a way that harnesses the initiative and innovation of all members of...
HELLCAT: The Epic Story of World War II's Most Daring Submarine Raid
HELLCAT: The Epic Story of World War II's Most Daring Submarine Raid Peter Sasgen, NAL Caliber, New York, 2011, 336 pages, $26.95WHY SHOULD A land-warfare-oriented person bother to read a book about World War II submarine warfare? What could he possibly...
Human Security in a Borderless World
HUMAN SECURITY IN A BORDERLESS WORLD, Derek S. Reveron and Kathleen A. Mahoney- Norris, Westview Press, Boulder, CO, 2011, 256 pages, $32.00ALTHOUGH THE STATE has historically exercised primacy in international relations and security matters, the landscape...
In Search of the Good War: Just War and Realpolitik in Our Time
But the right is more precious than peace, and we shall fight for the things which we have always carried nearest our hearts, for democracy . . . for the rights and liberties of small nations, for a universal dominion of right . . . as shall bring peace...
Just War Theory and Democratization by Force: Two Incompatible Agendas
THE AMERICAN MILITARY occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq have been neither military nor political successes. Both countries are still failed states that present potential risks to the United States. Afghanistan and Iraq have not become our allies, and...
LEE: A Life of Virtue
LEE: A Life of Virtue, John Perry, Thomas Nelson, Nashville, 2010, 226 pages, $19.99WHO WAS ROBERT E. Lee? What made him important? Author John Perry tells Lee's story with skill and simplicity. Readers who are experts on Lee will find Lee: A Life of...
LIONS OF KANDAHAR: The Story of a Fight against All Odds
LIONS OF KANDAHAR: The Story of a Fight Against All Odds, Rusty Bradley and Kevin Maurer, Bantam, New York, 2011, 304 pages, $26.00IN LIONS OF Kandahar, Major Rusty Bradley delivers a dose of reality through a rare firsthand account of Special Forces...
MILITARY LEADERSHIP IN THE 21ST CENTURY: Science and Practice
MILITARY LEADERSHIP IN THE 21ST CENTURY: Science and Practice, Kim-Yin Chan, Star Soh, and Regena Ramaya, CENGAGE Learning Asia, Singapore, 2011, 257 pages, $65.50LEADING IS FUNDAMENTAL to officership. Officers should be students of leadership throughout...
Nothing Is Simple in Afghanistan: The Principles of Sustainment and Logistics in Alexander's Shadow
IN 329 B.C., Alexander the Great led his Macedonian army east from Persia, along the Helmand River, through Herat, Kandahar, and Kabul before crossing the Hindu Kush mountain range with approximately 100,000 troops and followers.1 After more than 2,300...
STRIKING BACK: Combat in Korea, March-April 1951/PASSING THE TEST: Combat in Korea, April-June 1951
STRIKING BACK: Combat in Korea, March-April 1951, Edited by William T. Bowers, University Press of Kentucky, Lexington, 2010, 450 pages. $40.00PASSING THE TEST: Combat in Korea, April-June 1951, Edited by William T. Bowers and John T. Greenwood, University...
THE BLACK BANNERS: The Inside Story of 9/11 and the War against Al-Qaeda
THE BLACK BANNERS: The Inside Story of 9/11 and the War Against Al-Qaeda, Ali H. Soufan with Daniel Freedman, W.W. Norton & Company, New York, 2011, 572 pages, $26.95ALI SOUFAN, AN FBI agent and interrogator, was in Yemen investigating Al-Qaeda's...
THE LAST MISSION OF THE WHAM BAM BOYS: Courage, Tragedy, and Justice in World War II
THE LAST MISSION OF THE WHAM BAM BOYS: Courage, Tragedy, and Justice in World War II, Gregory Freeman, Palgrave MacMillan, New York, 2011, 236 pages, $26.00THE LAST MISSION of the Wham Bam Boys: Courage, Tragedy, and Justice in World War II, is the story...
The Next Time We Reinvent Someone Else's Country . .
THE PAIN OF our recent experiences in nation building will eventually wear off, and we probably will again plunge or mission-creep into reinventing someone else's country to suit ourselves. After all, the political and economic stresses in Southwest...
Transnational Criminal Organizations: Mexico's Commercial Insurgency
IN THE PAST several years, U.S. government officials and journalists have compared the violence of transnational criminal organizations (TCOs) within Mexico to the terrorist tactics used by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and suggested...
WE MEANT WELL: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People
WE MEANT WELL: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People, Peter Van Buren, Metropolitan Books, Henry Holt and Company, LLC, New York, 2011, 261 pages, $25.00"My goal was not to embarrass people but instead draw attention...
What Comes Next? an Argument for Irregular War in National Defense
ARE WE WINNING the war on terrorism? Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld asked, "Is DOD changing fast enough to deal with the new 21st-century security environment?"1 Most would agree that the war on terrorism, the so-called "Long War," is generational...