Academic journal article Military Review

From the Editor

Academic journal article Military Review

From the Editor

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Going through back issues of Military Review brings to life both the journal's proud heritage and the US Army's distinct lineage. Many authors who wrote for the journal as captains, majors and colonels later show up in print as generals. Some Military Review authors became famous in their own right without ever wearing a uniform. That so many well-known military and civilian authors chose Military Review as the venue for publishing their ideas lends credibility to the journal and the US Army.

The selection process for articles in this 75th Anniversary Edition focused on authors who achieved a degree of greatness among their peers. This criterion should explain why so many general officer articles were chosen. Originality also was a key element in the selection process. An editor's note at the beginning of the original article proclaiming that the author's views were his alone and did not represent the views of the Department of the Army was a lightning rod for attention by the Military Review staff. Our intent was to capture the thinking of a future flag officer before he had his own staff or speech writers. Selected articles also had to have some relevance to current affairs.

Some names are conspicuously absent from the article index. If a senior general officer's name does not appear in this anniversary issue, it is probably because he never submitted an article to Military Review. Some senior general officers' articles previously published in Military Review were discounted, because they appeared to be adapted from speeches or taken from other publications. In most cases, only one article per author was selected for this special journal edition. …

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