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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. 33, No. 2, Summer

America at War: The Philippines, 1898-1913. (Book Reviews)
America at War: The Philippines, 1898-1913. By A. B. Feuer. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2002. 265 pages $64.95. There is so little published on the American military conquest of the Philippines that a composite account of the participants'...
American Empire: The Realities and Consequences of U.S. Diplomacy. (Book Reviews)
American Empire: The Realities and Consequences of U.S. Diplomacy. By Andrew J. Bacevich. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2002. 302 pages. $29.95. Andrew Bacevich, a former military officer who is now a professor of international relations...
American Military Aviation: The Indispensable Arm. (Book Reviews)
American Military Aviation: The Indispensable Arm. By Charles J. Gross. College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2002. 416 pages. $35.00. The subtitle of Charles J. Gross's new book, American Military Aviation: The Indispensable Arm, made...
An Introduction to the International Criminal Court. (Book Reviews)
An Introduction to the International Criminal Court. By William A. Schabas. Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press. 2001. 406 pages. $90.00. The International Criminal Court (ICC) is an important idea whose time has come after almost 80 years...
Crescent & Star: Turkey between Two Worlds. (Book Reviews)
Crescent & Star: Turkey Between Two Worlds. By Stephen Kinzer. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2001. 272 pages. $25.00. Stephen Kinzer is a seasoned foreign correspondent with a knack for insightful observation. Crescent & Star, his...
Don't Ask, Don't Tell: Is the Gay Ban Based on Military Necessity?
Ten years ago, President Bill Clinton, the US Congress, and much of the nation were swept up in a monumental debate on whether or not acknowledged gays and lesbians would be allowed to serve in the US military. Having promised in his campaign to extend...
Editor's Shelf
As the United States concludes its second war with Iraq, the world has received an unprecedented education on the modalities of warfare. "Embedded" journalists and 24/7 news coverage provided observers with insights and perspectives on the strategies,...
Ending the Anachronistic Korean Commitment
The United States has defended South Korea for 50 years. The alliance with the Republic of Korea (ROK)--actually a one-sided security guarantee--has been America's most consistently dangerous commitment since World War II. The nearly 34,000 deaths...
From the Editor
In This Issue ... As this issue goes to press, the United States and Coalition forces are consolidating their hold on Iraq. It's a victorious conclusion at what many would consider a rather small price in the annals of modern warfare-although certainly...
Inverse Engagement: Lessons from US-Iraq Relations, 1982-1990
February 2003 marked the 12th anniversary of the liberation of Kuwait by the United States and its global allies and their near-total victory over the military forces of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein in Operation Desert Storm. However, much to the...
NATO after Prague: Learning the Lessons of 9/11
It would be an understatement to note that the last months have not been kind to the transatlantic relationship. When Iraq moved to the front burner, the transatlantic community was forced to tackle an issue that threatened to overwhelm it. As a result,...
On War and Leadership: The Words of Combat Commanders from Frederick the Great to Norman Schwarzkopf. (Book Reviews)
On War and Leadership: The Words of Combat Commanders from Frederick the Great to Norman Schwarzkopf. Edited by Owen Connelly. Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2002. 347 pages. $29.95. Anthologies invite prickly quibbles in a way...
Patton's Apology. (from the Archives)
During the last days of the campaign in Sicily in 1943, General George S. Patton, Jr., slapped a hospitalized soldier. The incident drew national attention and to some extent overshadowed Patton's fine leadership. General Eisenhower reprimanded General...
Patton's Bulldog: The Life and Service of General Walton H. Walker. (Book Reviews)
Patton's Bulldog: The Life and Service of General Walton H. Walker. By Wilson A. Heefner. Shippensburg, Pa.: White Mane Books, 2001. 348 pages. $29.95. Though most students of military history recognize the name Walton H. Walker due to his leading...
Reflections on the Citizen-Soldier
When it comes to war, I have been sheltered from the storm. Too young to have faced the draft, which was last used in the United States in 1973, I did not volunteer for the military. My father, by contrast, was conscripted into the US Army during World...
Retreat to Victory? Confederate Strategy Reconsidered. (Book Reviews)
Retreat to Victory? Confederate Strategy Reconsidered. By Robert G. Tanner. The American Crisis series. Steven E. Woodworth, series editor. Wilmington, Del.: Scholarly Resources, 2001. 154 pages. $65.00 ($17.95 paper). There has long been debate...
Southeast Asian Perspectives on the Rise of China: Regional Security after 9/11
Napoleon Bonaparte once described China as a sleeping dragon and warned not to wake it up. Now that China has awakened, it causes many nations to tremble--including the United States, the sole global power and the world's preeminent policeman. The...
Strategic Leader Readiness and Competencies for Asymmetric Warfare
"We have to put aside the comfortable ways of thinking and planning, take risks and try new things so that we can prepare our forces to deter and defeat adversaries that have not yet emerged to challenge us." -- Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld...
Strategic Thinking: An Introduction and Farewell. (Book Reviews)
Strategic Thinking: An Introduction and Farewell. By Philip Windsor, edited by Mats Berdal and Spyros Economides. Boulder, Colo.: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2002. 199 pages. $19.95. It is unfortunate that Philip Windsor was not more widely published...
Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence. (Book Reviews)
Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence. By Mark Juergensmeyer. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2000. This book should be required reading as we try to grasp the full dimensions of the "war against terrorism."...
The End of the American Era: U.S. Foreign Policy and the Geopolitics of the Twenty-First Century. (Book Reviews)
The End of the American Era: U.S. Foreign Policy and the Geopolitics of the Twenty-first Century. By Charles A. Kupchan. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2002. 336 pages. $27.95. Even before the Cold War was over, strategic thinkers in America began a...
The Ideas That Conquered the World: Peace, Democracy, and Free Markets in the Twenty-First Century. (Book Reviews)
The Ideas that Conquered the World: Peace, Democracy, and Free Markets in the Twenty-first Century. By Michael Mandelbaum. New York: Public Affairs Press, 2002. 402 pages. $30.00. The Ideas that Conquered the World provides insights on the principles...
The Lessons of Terror: A History of Warfare against Civilians: Why It Has Always Failed and Why It Will Fail Again. (Book Reviews)
The Lessons of Terror: A History of Warfare Against Civilians: Why It Has Always Failed and Why It Will Fail Again. By Caleb Carr. New York: Random House, 2002. If you are into Political Correctitude don't read this book--it will only give you apoplexy-but...
Transformation and Homeland Security: Dual Challenges for the US Army
The Army exists to win the nation's wars. That is and always should be its principal mission. The Army's transformation White Paper, "Concepts of the Objective Force," states, "The Army must remain optimized for major theater war,"1 with the presumption...
Unorthodox Thoughts about Asymmetric Warfare
"Bad terminology is the enemy of good thinking." Warren Buffett (1) In the last few years the use of nerve agent in the Tokyo subway by Aum Shinrikyo and al Qaeda's offensive leading to its 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon...
War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning. (Book Reviews)
War Is a Force that Gives Us Meaning. By Chris Hedges. New York: Public Affairs, 2002, 210 pages. $23.00. We all know the adage, "War is hell." It isn't news to anyone that war is a grue-some, nauseating experience that grinds up innocence and spits...