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Articles from Vol. 77, No. 4, July/August

America Goes to War: A Social History of the Continental Army
AMERICA GOES TO WAR: A Social History of the Continental Army by Charles Patrick Neimeyer. 244 pages. New York University Press, New York. 1995. $35.00. Despite its title, Charles Patrick Neimeyer's study is less about "war" and more about "America"-the...
American War Plans
AMERICAN WAR PLANS, Edited and introduced by Steven T. Ross. Garland Publishing Inc., New York. 1995. 1919-1941: Volume 1, Peacetime War Plans, 1919-1935. 212 pages, 589.00. Volume 2, Plans for War Against the British Empire and Japan, The Red, Orange...
A Very Short War: The Mayaguez and the Battle of Koh Tang
A VERY SHORT WAR: The Mayaguez and the Battle of Koh Tang by John F Guilmartin Jr. 254 pages. Texas A&M University Press, College Station, Texas. 1995. $39.50. In A Very Short War, John E Guilmartin Jr. gives a detailed analysis of what appeared...
Ballistic Missile Defense in the Post-Cold War Era
BALLISTIC MISSILE DEFENSE IN THE POST-COLD WAR ERA by David B.H. Den(xn. 230 pages. Westview Press, Boulder CO. 1995. $65.(Hl. David B.H. Denoon quickly establishes his premise: US missile defense is much like catastrophic health insurance-hopefully...
Black Soldier, White Army: The 24th Infantry Regiment in Korea
BLACK SOLDIER, WHITE ARMY: The 24th Infantry Regiment in Korea by William T. Bowers, William M. Hammond, and George L. MacGarrigle. 294 pages. Washington, DC: US Army Center of Military History. 1996. $32.00. Why, this official history of the 24th Infantry...
Challenge and Change: A Legacy for the Future
THE CHANGES INHERENT in the Cold War's aftermath are truly dramatic, but they are only the most recent examples of a condition that has been an integral part of the US Army throughout the entire 20th century. In fact, change has been a consistent aspect...
Colder Than Hell: A Marine Rifle Company at Chosin Reservoir
COLDER THAN HELL: A Marine Rifle Company at Chosin Reservoir by Joseph R. Owen. 272 pages. Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD. 1996. $29.95. Although Colder than Hell is a story about Marines written by a Marine, it is applicable to all American warriors....
Combined Air Operations in Bosnia
SUN-TSU SAID, "Know your enemy and yourself and you will never lose." That 2,500year-old battlefield principle is the basis on which our Army is forging into the 21st century. This new Army's foundation is knowledge-based, with the ability to apply overwhelming...
Communist Logistics in the Korean War
COMMUNIST LOGISTICS IN THE KOREAN WAR by Charles R. Shrader. 312 pages. Greenwood Publishing Inc., Westport, CT. 1995. $59.95. This comprehensive book describes logistic systems used by the North Korean Peoples Army (NKPA) and the Chinese Communist Force...
Dominant Battlespace Knowledge: The Winning Edge
DOMINANT BATTLESPACE KNOWLEDGE: The Winning Edge. Edited bv Stuart E. Johnson and Martin C. Libicki. 149 pages. National Defense University Press, Washington. DC. 1995. No charge. The essays in Dominant Battlespace Knowledge are especially interesting...
DTIC's Technology Navigator
The Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC) plays a vital role in collecting and disseminating scientific and technical information for the Department of Defense. Technology Navigator is an integral part of DTIC's continuing efforts to improve access...
Force Protection Disparities
[T]he IFOR commander shall have the authority, without interference or permission from any Party, . . . to protect the IFOR.1 FORCE PROTECTION (FP)* is a planned and integrated security program designed to protect soldiers, facilities and equipment in...
From Flintlock to Rifle: Infantry Tactics, 1740-1866
FROM FLINTLOCK TO RIFLE: Infantry Tactics, 1740-1866, by Steven T. Ross. 218 pages. Frank Cass, London. (Distributed by International Specialized Book Services. Inc.. Portland, OR.) 1996. $37.50. In this excellent book, Steven T. Ross purports to examine...
Future War: An Assessment of Aerospace Campaigns in 2010
FUTURE WAR: An Assessment of Aerospace Campaigns in 2010 by Jeffery R. Barnett. 169 pages. Air University Press, Maxwell Air Force Base. AL. 1996. No charge. Future War is US Air Force Colonel Jeffery R. Barnett's vision of the role of aerospace and...
Integrating Conventional and Special Operations Forces
OPERATION Uphold Democracy is now complete. This article discusses the tactical-level relationship that existed between conventional and special operations forces (SOF) in Haiti and focuses on the problems that arose between these two groups in the country's...
Letters
Cambodia Ousted From ASEAN It is often difficult to predict sudden political changes in the Third Worldsurprises occur frequently. This certainly is the case in Cambodia, and affects the accuracy of mv article "ASEAN: Coming of Age," which appeared in...
Maoist Insurgency since Vietnam
MAOIST INSURGENCY SINCE VIETNAM by Thomas A. Marks. 303 pages. Frank Cass London. Distributed by International Specialized Book Services Inc., Portland, OR. 1996. $39.50 clothbound. $19.50 paperback. For the coterie who follow insurgencies, Maoist Insurgency...
Men, Ideas and Tanks: British Military Thought and Armoured Forces, 1903-1939
MEN, IDEAS AND TANKS: British Military Thought and Armoured Forces, 1903-1939 by J.P. Harris. 342 pages. Manchester University Press, Manchester, England. (Distributed bv St. Martin's Press, New York.) t996. $75.00 clothbound. $24.95 paperback. The book's...
Military Stability and Support Operations: Analogies, Patterns and Recurring Themes
MARINE MAJOR GENERAL discussing his role in Operation Restore Hope in Somalia concluded, "We aren't prepared for these operations very well." An Army colonel recalling his staff officer duties in Operation Uphold Democracy in Haiti stated, "The single...
Old Principles, New Realities
IN ADDRESSING the US Army's effectiveness in Operation Uphold Democracy and its transition to the follow-on UN Mission in Haiti (UNMIH), we must take into account former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS) General Colin Powell's premise that...
Power under Control
PERHAPS THE GREATEST challenge the military faces in conducting operations other than war (OOTW) today-by whatever terminology we choose to describe them-is setting realistic goals and identifying meaningful measurements of success.l US civilian policy...
PSYOP & CA Course Now in CGSC Curriculum
Academic Year 1996-97 US Army Command and General Staff College (CGSC) students were the first CGSC class to have the opportunity to take a course specifically focused on psychological operations (PSYOP) and civil affairs (CA). Offered during the third...
Roots of Bosnian Realities
MOST WRITTEN ACCOUNTS of the Bosnian problem explain the collapse of Yugoslavia and the subsequent "ethnic cleansing" as a natural product of communal hatreds and internecine warfare spanning centuries. Some authors have gone as far back as the medieval...
Task Force Eagle
DURING THE SUMMER of 1994, while serving as the deputy chief of staff G2/G3, Allied Command Europe (ACE) Rapid Reaction Corps (ARRC), I was told I would become the assistant division commander for maneuver (ADC-M) of the 1st Armored Division (1st AD)....
"The Bitter Lesson of Unpreparedness"
Marshall's 1923 speech is quoted in its entirety by Congressman lIke Skelton of Missouri speaking on the "Future of the US Military" in the Hou.se proceedings for the US Congressional Record, 105th Congress, First Session 28 April 1997, voL 143, to....
The Center for Army Lessons Learned: Winning in the Information Age
WINNING in today's dynamic and varied conditions requires understanding and preparing for the specific conditions surrounding a mission. Therefore, training and planning with the most current information is vital to success. The Center for Army Lessons...
The Constitutional Role of Congress: Lessons in Unpreparedness
This article is adapted from three speeches given by the Honorable Ike Skelton, US House of Representatives, to the 105th Congress between 28 April 1997 and 12 May 1997. Addressing his concerns about the US military's future and the Quadrennial Defense...
The Counterinsurgency Paradox
THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE in Vietnam has been paralleled in this century by the Soviets in Afghanistan, the French in Algeria and Indochina, the British in Northern Ireland and, in a slightly different manner, the Israelis in Palestine and the Rhodesians...
The Forgotten Few: The Polish Air Force in the Second World War
THE FORGOTTEN FEW: The Polish Air Force in the Second World War by Adam Zamoyski. 239 pages. Hippocrene Books Inc., New York. 1996. $24.95. It is almost impossible to overstate the Battle of Britain's importance. Besides being history's first decisive...
The Oxford Companion to World War II
THE OXFORD COMPANION TO WORLD WAR II. Edited by I.C.B. Dear and M.R.D. Fa)t. 1,343 pages. The Oxford University Press Inc., New York. 1996. $60.10. The series of Companion volumes (to a variety of subjects from philosophy to war) introduced by Oxford...
The Politics of Diplomacy: Revolution, War & Peace, 1989-1992
THE POLITICS OF DIPLOMACY: Revolution, War & Peace,19891992 by James A. Baker III with Thomas M. DeFrank. 687 pages. G.P. Putnam's Sons. New York. 1996. $32.50). Most people seem to agree that foreign policy was the most successful aspect of George...
The USS Harlan County Affair
FROM A BALCONY of the Montana Hotel overlooking Port-au-Prince harbor, UN Special Envoy Dante Caputo stood with his mouth agape, his breath gone. His eyes were fixed on the fleeting fortunes of the UN's diplomatic solution to the festering crisis in...
US-Russian Cooperation in IFOR: Partners for Peace
The overwhelming success of combined US-Russian operations in the Implementation Force's (IFOR's) Task Force (TF) Eagle has shattered any misconception that American and Russian soldiers, who faced each other as opponents for so long, could not work...
What Makes an Alliance Strong? NATO and the Warsaw Treaty Organization in Retrospect
The Warsaw Treaty Organization's (WTO's) speedy collapse in 1989 and 1990 fostered a new conventional wisdom that sees the Soviet empire's demise as historically inevitable given the inherent weaknesses of command economies, totalitarian rule and aging...
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