Academic journal article Military Review

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Academic journal article Military Review

From the Editor

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Despite our ongoing operations in Bosnia and other recent major deployments to stabilize teetering situations abroad, we are clearly in what future historians will refer to as an "interwar period." Without an easily identifiable foe to act as a foil for our preparedness planning, our challenger is perhaps the absence thereof. Military readiness is expensive in financial resources. As the "school of experience" has taught us, the altemative is equally expensive in human lives on the field of battle. Our known enemies, as traditionally defined, have faded or degenerated-at least temporarily. But the horizon is not empty. In this edition of Military Review, we look at a spectrum of dangers and opportunists who might challenge our nation's power, in one form or another.

In "The Changing Security Environment," Graham H. Turbiville Jr., retired Colonel William W. Mendel and Jacob W. Kipp provide a profound introduction to this issue's articles. Notable is the diversity of focus across continents, categories of operational challenge and tools of strategic response. Until recently, a confrontational bipolarity held our attention to the Fulda Gap and whatever abetted insurgency was currently threatening a client state. In the era of containment, the contest was about whose order would prevail. …

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