Parameters

Military affairs and international relations journal. Official publication of the Dept. of the Army for Army War College graduates and civilians concerned with national defense.

Articles from Vol. 31, No. 1, Spring

Afghanistan: The Anatomy of an Ongoing Conflict
The civil war in Afghanistan is a microcosm of the post-Cold War multilateral competition for influence in unsettled regions. The Afghan conflict involves internal armed factions with extensive foreign links, neighboring states that pursue competing...
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A Note on Interests, Values, and the Use of Force
The recent presidential election campaign intensified a public debate that began in earnest in November 1984 when Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger delivered his famous National Press Club speech on the use of force. That debate has evolved over...
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Bringing Environmental and Economic Internationalism into US Strategy
Dramatic events such as the end of the Cold War, the turn of the century, and now a new presidency offer opportunities for the United States to reconsider its national security policy. [1] The notion that the focus should be limited to defending against...
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Building Democracies with Southern Command's Legal Engagement Strategy
America has conducted itself in the post-Cold War era with the understanding that fostering democracies and encouraging military establishments subject to the rule of law are vital to US national security interests. [1] In this regard, the warfighting...
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Commentary & Reply
NATO'S ATTACK ON SERBIA AS A DOCTRINAL PARADIGM To the Editor: Brigadier General Ronald S. Mangum's article "NATO's Attack on Serbia: Anomaly or Emerging Doctrine?" (Parameters, Winter 2000-01) accurately captures the legal and political quandary...
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Elihu Root on the Army War College
Not to promote war, but to preserve peace by intelligent and adequate preparation to repel aggression, this institution is founded." With those words Secretary of War Elihu Root began his address at the laying of the cornerstone for the Army War College,...
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From the Editor
In This Issue... General Montgomery C. Meigs uses the medium of the Kermit Roosevelt lecture series to heighten our awareness of the need for a "new" operational art. His penetrating analysis of two cardinal questions-"What is immutable in operational...
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Operational Art in the New Century
This article is adapted from remarks made by General Montgomery C. Meigs as the 2000 Kermit Roosevelt Lecturer in the United Kingdom. The Kermit Roosevelt lecture series was established by Congress in 1945 to foster a better understanding and closer...
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The Ethics of Computer Network Attack
"Those who really deserve praise are the people who, while human enough to enjoy power, nonetheless pay more attention to justice than they are compelled to do by the situation." Thucydides, Speech of the Athenians [1] "I have the power, the...
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The Growing Threat to Democracy in Latin America
Does democracy have a future in Latin America and, if so, what is it? Only a few years ago, such questions seemed absurd. Democratic governments existed almost everywhere in the region, Cuba being the notable exception. Nowhere in the Third World did...
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The War Powers Resolution: A Rationale for Congressional Inaction
Nearly three decades ago Congress overturned a veto by President Nixon and passed the War Powers Resolution of 1973. Supporters of the resolution took heart that Congress was, at last, challenging the increasingly unilateral exercise of presidential...
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Transformation: Let's Get It Right This Time
The lessons of Task Force Hawk and Kosovo have rung loudly in the halls of Congress and the Pentagon. However, the immense difficulty the US Army faced in deploying a capable, warfighting force to northern Albania is only symptomatic of a much larger...
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Wargames: Winning and Losing
"There are experts of land, sea and air warfare. But as yet there are no experts of warfare. And warfare is a single entity, having a common purpose." -- Giulio Douhet [1] The wargames currently being played by the US armed services have come...
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Woodrow Wilson in Our Time: NATO's Goals in Kosovo
Confronted with the political disintegration of the Yugoslav federation in the early 1990s, historian John Lukacs observed that Woodrow Wilson was in retrospect beginning to make Lenin look like a small fry. "The ideas of this pale Presbyterian professor-president,"...
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