Military Review

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Articles from Vol. 92, No. 6, November/December

65th Infantry Regiment/COL Graves Responds
LTC Baltazar Soto, U.S. Army Reserve, Retired- I want to discuss some points about COL Thomas Graves' article "General Richard Cavazos and the Korean War, 1953" (July-August 2012 Military Review). In the article he states that the 65th Infantry Regiment...
AFRICAN SECURITY AND THE AFRICAN COMMAND: Viewpoints on the US Role in Africa
AFRICAN SECURITY AND THE AFRICAN COMMAND Viewpoints on the US Role in Africa Terry F. Buss, J. Adjaye, D. Goldstein, and L. Picard, eds., Kumarian Press, Sterling, VA 2011, 277 pages, $27.95THE EDITED VOLUME African Security and the African Command is...
Africa's Brain Drain: Its Impacts on Security and Stability
AFRICA IS BLEEDING. Much of its lifeblood, composed of welleducated individuals who could help tackle its toughest problems, is flowing away. This hemorrhaging of engineers, doctors, teachers, nurses, businesspersons, scientists, and others with extensive...
An Army Outgunned-A Response
MR LettersMr. Matt Walker and Mr. Rob Harbison, Lethality Branch, Soldier Requirement Division, MCO-In Dr. Joseph P. Avery's article "An Army Outgunned" (Military Review, July-August 2012) he poses some excellent hypotheses about improving U.S. Army...
CASTRO'S SECRETS: The CIA and Cuba's Intelligence Machine
CASTRO'S SECRETS: The CIA and Cuba's Intelligence Machine Brian Latell, Palgrave McMillan St. Martin's Press, New York 2012, 247 pages, $27.00CASTRO'S SECRETS is an account of the covert battle of intelligence communities in Castro's Cuba and the Kennedy...
FATAL COLOURS: Towton 1461 England's Most Brutal Battle
FATAL COLOURS: Towton 1461 England's Most Brutal Battle George Goodwin, W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., New York, 2011, 229 pages, $27.95THE BATTLE OF Towton during the War of the Roses may pale in comparison to other larger-scale conflicts in terms...
FATAL CROSSROADS: The Untold Story of the Malmedy Massacre at the Battle of the Bulge
FATAL CROSSROADS The Untold Story of the Malmedy Massacre at the Battle of the Bulge Danny S. Parker, Da Capo Press, Cambridge, MA, 2011, 377 pages, $26.00FATAL CROSSROADS: THE Untold Story of the Malmedy Massacre at the Battle of the Bulge reconstructs...
GEORGE C. MARSHALL: Servant of the American Nation
GEORGE C. MARSHALL Servant of the American Nation Charles F. Brower, ed, Palgrave MacMillan, New York, 2011, 214 pages $85.00THERE ARE FEW characters in history who help shape entire eras. There are even fewer who we remember for doing so. George C....
GUERRILLA LEADER: T.E. Lawrence and the Arab Revolt
GUERRILLA LEADER: T.E. Lawrence and the Arab Revolt James J. Schneider Bantam Books, 2011, 368 pages, $28.00Guerrilla Leader is a fascinating character study of Thomas Edward (T.E.) Lawrence, a.k.a. Lawrence of Arabia. The book examines Lawrence's crucial...
ISRAEL'S PALESTINIANS: The Conflict Within
ISRAEL'S PALESTINIANS: The Conflict Within, Ilan Peleg and Dov Waxman, Cambridge University Press New York, 2011, 272 pages $27.99ISRAEL'S PALESTINIANS REVEALS that the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians is both simple to understand and deeply...
Just War Theory and Democrazation by Force
Joseph P. Avery, Ph.D., National Security and Foreign Policy-Dr. Cora Sol Goldstein's article "Just War Theory and Democratization by Force: Two Incompatible Agendas" (September-October 2012, Military Review) is an excellent and thoughtprovoking article...
McNAMARA, CLIFFORD, AND THE BURDENS OF VIETNAM, 1965-1969 Secretaries of Defense Historical Series Vol. VI
McNAMARA, CLIFFORD, AND THE BURDENS OF VIETNAM, 1965-1969 Secretaries of Defense Historical Series Vol. VI, Edward J. Drea, Historical Office Office of the Secretary of Defense Washington, DC, 2011, 694 pages, $68.00AS SECRETARY OF defense from 1961...
Policy, COIN Doctrine, and Political Legitimacy
IN A RECENT interview, Dr. John Nagl was asked what he would change in the rewrite of the Field Manual (FM) 3-24, Counterinsurgency. He responded-The biggest question that we have to come to terms with as we rewrite the FM is whether its foundation on...
Preventing Mass Atrocities in Sub-Saharan Africa through Strategic Engagement
THE 2010 NATIONAL Security Strategy established the principle of "responsibility to protect" (R2P) as one of the keystones of national policy. The concept of R2P is to protect populations from genocide and other atrocities, and it recognizes, first and...
Public Understanding of the Profession of Arms
"[W]hatever their fond sentiments for men and women in uniform, for most Americans the wars remain an abstraction. A distant and unpleasant series of news items that does not affect them personally. Even after 9/11, in the absence of a draft, for a growing...
Reframing Army Doctrine: Operational Art, the Science of Control, and Critical Thinkin G
ARMY DOCTRINE FRAMES planning actions along a continuum ranging from "conceptual" on one end to "detailed" on the other. One end is the domain of conceptual planning where ends, objectives, concepts of operations, and commanders' intents are developed;...
Seven Design Theory Considerations: An Approach to Ill-Structured Problems
MILITARY AND GOVERNMENT leaders at the strategic, operational, and tactical level often struggle to fuse design theory with military planning procedures and doctrine.1In the field, the office, and the classroom, Western military institutions use "conceptual...
Smooth Is Fast: Managing Security Transitions for Enduring Freedom
EVALUATION OF THE ongoing security transition in Afghanistan highlights several leadership and management strengths that will yield to an Afghan-led responsibility by 2014. Control measures that provide assessment and feedback are critical to ensure...
Spectrum of What?
A DECADE OF CONFLICT has refined and expanded our understanding of war. Our lexicon must change as well. Operations to stabilize under-governed regions and manage internal instability, once thought to be "operations other than war" or "low-intensity...
The Afghan National Army: Has Capacity Building Become Culture Building?
THE PAST DECADE has been a period of tremendous growth for the U.S. Army. In addition to a modest increase in manpower-a trend which will soon be reversed-the Army has become more agile, more adaptive, and more technologically sophisticated. However,...
THE FERTILE SOIL OF JIHAD: Terrorism's Prison Connection
THE FERTILE SOIL OF JIHAD Terrorism's Prison Connection Patrick T. Dunleavy, Potomac Books Washington, DC, 2011, 143 pages, $27.50AUTHOR PATRICK DUNLEAVY, a former police investigator and deputy inspector general in the New York State Department of Correctional...
THE GOOD WAR: NATO and the Liberal Conscience in Afghanistan
THE GOOD WAR: NATO and the Liberal Conscience in Afghanistan M.J. Williams, Palgrave Macmillan New York, 2011, 188 pages, $32.00ONE OF THE most frustrating aspects of the war in Afghanistan is that our allies have divergent priorities as well as divergent...
THE INVISIBLE WOUNDS OF WAR: Coming Home from Iraq and Afghanistan
THE INVISIBLE WOUNDS OF WAR: Coming Home from Iraq and Afghanistan, Marguerite Guzmán Bouvard, Prometheus Books, New York, 2012, 254 pages, $18.00WITH A BACKGROUND in political science and healing work, author Marguerite Guzmán Bouvard offers an evocative...
The Next Time We Reinvent Someone Else's Country
William Thayer, San Diego CA-In Major General Michael Symanski's excellent article, "The Next Time We Reinvent Someone's Else's Country . . . " (September-October 2012, Military Review), his "scar tissue learning" integrates the theories of political...
The Right Way: A Proposal for an Army Ethic
The Tao is the way of humanity and justice; 'laws' are regulations and institutions. Those who excel in war first cultivate their own humanity and justice and maintain their laws and institutions. By these means they make their governments invincible.1-...
THE SHAPING OF GRAND STRATEGY: Policy, Diplomacy, and War
THE SHAPING OF GRAND STRATEGY: Policy, Diplomacy, and War, edited by William Murray, Richard Hart Sinnreich, and James Lacey, Cambridge University Press, New York 2011, 283 pages, $27.99WILLIAM MURRAY, Richard Hart Sinnreich, James Lacey, and other noted...
UNITED STATES CAVALRY PEACEKEEPERS IN BOSNIA: An Inside Account of Operation Joint Endeavor, 1996
UNITED STATES CAVALRY PEACEKEEPERS IN BOSNIA: An Inside Account of Operation Joint Endeavor, 1996 Mark A. Viney, McFarland & Company, Inc. Jefferson, NC, 2012, 287 pages, $45.00UNITED STATES CAVALRY Peacekeepers in Bosnia is a surprisingly captivating...