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. 37, No. 4, Winter

Afghanistan: Regaining Momentum
On the sixth anniversary of the US-led military invasion, Afghanistan is faced with its worst crisis since the ouster of the Taliban in 2001. There are increasing concerns, both internationally and domestically, that Afghanistan faces the distinct...
Disarming Rogues: Deterring First-Use of Weapons of Mass Destruction
The United States and its allies invaded Iraq in 2003 with the declared intention of removing Saddam Hussein's regime. Although it was determined after the war that Iraq did not possess weapons of mass destruction (WMD), removing a regime believed...
New Challenges and Old Concepts: Understanding 21st Century Insurgency
From the 1960s to the 1980s stopping Communist-backed insurgents was an important part of American strategy, so counterinsurgency was an important mission for the US military, particularly the Army. Even when most of the Army turned its attention to...
Off the Press
Ackerman, Diane. The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2007. 394 pp. $23.95. Atkinson, Rick. The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944. New York: Henry Holt, 2007. 816 pp. $35.00. Bacevich, Andrew...
Stabilization and Democratization: Renewing the Transatlantic Alliance
The transatlantic disagreement over how to deal with the regime of Saddam Hussein in 2003 gave rise to a spate of warnings about the imminent demise of NATO. (1) To some extent it is easy to discount many of those predictions based on the endurance...
Strategic Realignment: Ends, Ways, and Means in Iraq
Four years into the war in Iraq, the debate rages over whether there are enough troops deployed to accomplish the mission. Congress and the White House continuously argue over resources and the conduct of the war. Meanwhile, American and Iraqi casualties...
The Military and Reconstruction Operations
The post-Cold War trend of convergence between military and nonmilitary tasks has accelerated over the past six years as western nations seek to defeat the insurgencies in Afghanistan and Iraq. (1) One result of this convergence is an increased role...
The Moral Equality of Combatants
According to the Just War tradition a war can only be just if two sets of principles are satisfied. (1) First there is the jus ad bellum. These principles tell us when it is just to start a war. There has to be a good reason or a just cause in order...
US COIN Doctrine and Practice: An Ally's Perspective
Until very recently, the four and a half years of military operations in Iraq appeared to have created an obstacle in people's minds. Rightly or wrongly, reality has subsumed theory, and because of the media coverage Iraq has received, counterinsurgency...