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. 42, Winter-Spring

Afghantsy: The Russians in Afghanistan, 1979-89
Afghantsy: The Russians in Afghanistan, 1979-89 By Rodric Braithwaite Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011 417 pages $29.95 [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979 and the decade-long military operation...
American Landpower and Modern US Generalship
Like his earlier works, Tom Ricks's The Generals: American Military Command from World War II to Today, is entertaining and provocative, and has deservedly been the topic of numerous reviews, blog posts, and discussions around the military. His central...
Black April: The Fall of South Vietnam, 1973-75
Black April: The Fall of South Vietnam, 1973-75 By George J. Veith New York: Encounter Books, 2012 587 pages $29.95 [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Black April: The Fall of South Vietnam, 1973-75 is the first of two volumes in which the...
Days of Decision: Turning Points in U.S. Foreign Policy
Days of Decision: Turning Points in U.S. Foreign Policy By Micheal Nojeirn and David Kilroy Washington, DC: Potomac Books, Inc., 2011 366 pages $34.95 [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Readers who enjoyed America's First Battles as junior officers...
Drones: Legitimacy and Anti-Americanism
The appearance of new weapons technologies often gives rise to questions of legitimacy. The use of missile weapons against armored knights was considered illegitimate and unchivalrous by some, as well as a destabilizing influence on the conduct of...
Drones over Yemen: Weighing Military Benefits and Political Costs
The future role of US drones has been the subject of considerable controversy due to their use in remote parts of the world to target individuals designated as terrorists. In his confirmation hearings, Secretary of State John Kerry expressed concerns...
Drones: What Are They Good For?
The drone debate continues hot and heavy. Critical issues range from the morality of targeting choices and concerns about unintended casualties and anti-Americanism to matters of legal and bureaucratic oversight) These are pressing questions; the United...
Drone Wars: Risks and Warnings
Unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAVs) are the wonder weapons of today's wars. UCAVs have been credited with striking the convoy carrying Moammar Qaddafi; killing al Qaeda's Abu Yahya al Libi and Anwar al Awlaki; eviscerating the Taliban's ranks and...
From the Editor
It is my pleasure and honor to become the new Editor of the US Army War College Quarterly, Parameters. I have had the privilege of serving in a military career of more than twenty years, and am a graduate of the US Military Academy, the US Army Command...
Kontum: The Battle to Save South Vietnam
KONTUM: The Battle to Save South Vietnam By Thomas P. McKenna Lexington: The University Press of Kentucky, 2011 376 pages $34.95 [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Thomas McKenna in Kontum writes a thorough insightful account about the Easter...
Operation Anaconda: America's First Major Battle in Afghanistan
Operation Anaconda: America's First Major Battle in Afghanistan by Lester W. Grau and Dodge Billingsley University Press of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, 2011 459 pages $39.95 [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Les Grau and Dodge Billingsley offer...
Reaffirming the Utility of Nuclear Weapons
A defining aspect of the present period in international politics is the lack of attention paid to nuclear weapons by United States' policymakers. To the extent these weapons are addressed, it is to consider significant reductions in the size of the...
Recalibrating American Grand Strategy: Softening US Policies toward Iran in Order to Contain China
Over the next decade, the United States will have to rethink its grand strategy as it addresses the challenge of maintaining its primacy as a global power in an increasingly multipolar world whose center of gravity has shifted to Asia. The task will...
Rethinking the Utility of Nuclear Weapons
The parameters of the discussion about nuclear weapons are well known and appear to be relatively fixed. It seems as if there has been little new on that front in forty years. Most civilian scholars have lost interest in nuclear weapons and moved on...
The Romanian Battlefront in World War I
The Romanian Battlefront in World War I By Glenn E. Torrey Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2012 422 pages $39.95 [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] This book, amongst a steady publication of Great War titles lately, contributes to a far-less-studied...
The School of Hard Knocks: Combat Leadership in the American Expeditionary Forces
The School of Hard Knocks: Combat Leadership in the American Expeditionary Forces By Richard S. Faulkner College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2012 416 pages $65.00 [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] With The School of Hard Knocks,...
"The Strange Voyage": A Short Precis on Strategy
"War is the father and the king of all." --Heraclitus Try as we might, war and armed conflict remain at the center of international relations and state policy. Success in war requires many things, but surely effective strategy must top the list....
Voices of the Bulge: Untold Stories from Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge
Voices of the Bulge: Untold Stories from Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge By Michael Collins and Martin King Minneapolis: Zenith Press, 2011 314 pages $29.00 [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The exceedingly popular genre, characterized by...
What It Is like to Go to War
What It Is Like To Go To War By Karl Marlantes New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 2011 272 pages $15.00 [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Karl Marlantes wrote the bestseller and prize winning novel Matterhorn, based on his experiences as a Marine...
Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty
Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty By Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson New York: Crown Publishers, 2012 464 pages $30.00 [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The causes of political instability and state failure...