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. 33, No. 4, Winter

An Alternative Future Force: Building a Better Army
Recent operations in Iraq highlight the need for the Army's leadership to rethink major aspects of its transformation strategy. While the three-week period of combat operations that toppled the regime illuminates one set of implications, the continued...
Army Digitization: Making It Ready for Prime Time
Today's emerging strategic environment and operational challenges demand that the Army develop a more responsive and mobile force while maintaining the lethality necessary to fight and win our nation's wars. (1) The Army is developing the Future Force...
British Bulldog or Bush's Poodle? Anglo-American Relations and the Iraq War
On 26 February 2003, British Prime Minister Tony Blair faced the largest parliamentary rebellion in over a hundred years. Some 120 of his Labour Party colleagues voted against the government's policy of support for US military action against Iraq....
Carcass of Dead Policies: The Irrelevance of NATO
In 1877, Lord Salisbury, commenting on Great Britain's policy on the Eastern Question, noted that "the commonest error in politics is sticking to the carcass of dead policies." (1) Salisbury was bemoaning the fact that many influential members of the...
Dragon or Dinosaur? Nuclear Weapons in a Modernizing China
Few leaders, if any, would make the decision to deploy nuclear weapons casually. Therefore, the fact that a country possesses such arms indicates that it has important uses for them. Nevertheless, analysts of contemporary Chinese foreign policy often...
Editor's Shelf
Michael E. Brown is probably best known as co-editor of the journal International Security, published by Harvard University's Belfer Center. He has, however, recently edited an informative, if somewhat pessimistic, collection for his Grave New World:...
Exploiting Commercial SATCOM: A Better Way
Since the late 1980s, elements of the Department of Defense and the US intelligence community have used commercial satellite communications (SATCOM) to augment their organic SATCOM capabilities. Following the Persian Gulf Conflict of 1990-91, Congress...
In This Issue
Richard Hooker provides an alternative, more optimistic view of US civil-military relations, countering the current trend. He challenges the prevailing assertion that a gap exists between the civilian and military sectors of American society. Hooker...
Off the Press
Alberts, David S., and Richard E. Hayes. Power to the Edge : Command and Control in the Information Age. Vienna, Va.: CCRP Publications, 2003. 259 pp. $25.00. Appy, Christian G. Patriots: The Vietnam War Remembered from All Sides. New York: Viking...
Soldiers of the State: Reconsidering American Civil-Military Relations
In American academe today the dominant view of civil-military relations is sternly critical of the military, asserting that civilian control of the military is dangerously eroded. (1) Though tension clearly exists in the relationship, the current critique...
State Defense Forces and Homeland Security
As US Northern Command (NORTHCOM) assumes responsibility within the Department of Defense for the homeland security and homeland defense missions, it does so with few assigned forces. While the "Forces For" apportionment to NORTHCOM is still being...
The Risk of Optimism in the Conduct of War
"Now, philanthropists may easily imagine there is a skillful method of disarming and overcoming an enemy without great bloodshed, and that this is the proper tendency of the Art of War." --Carl von Clausewitz, On War (1) "They will all be finished...