Military Review

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Articles from Vol. 82, No. 6, November/December

A Case for Women Warfighters
I have absolutely no problem with women in combat units. [T]he idea that women can't make good soldiers is a mindset, not an incontrovertible fact. -Sergeant Major of the Army William G. Bainbridge1 WHEN THE UNITED STATES read about one of its destroyers...
An Honorable Defeat: The Last Days of the Confederate Government
AN HONORABLE DEFEAT: The Last Days of the Confederate Government, William C. Davis, Harcourt, Inc., NY, 2001, 512 pages, $30.00. Pulitzer Prize nominee William C. Davis's exceptional work, An Honorable Defeat: The Last Days of the Confederate Government,...
A Rain of Lead: The Siege and Surrender of the British at Potchefstroom
A RAIN OF LEAD: The Siege and Surrender of the British at Potchefstroom, Ian Bennett, Stackpole Books, Mechanicsburg, PA, 2001, 256 pages, $34.95. In Africa in 1880-1881, a detachment of about 200 soldiers and two cannon, garrisoned in a 25-yard-- square...
Clausewitz Meets Learning Agent Technology
I aid not gain a full understanding of many [Clausewitzian] concepts until I had to teach the subject [center of gravity], having read [On War] several times.' --Colonel Huba Wass de Czege2 SINCE MICHAEL HOWARD and Peter Paret published their English...
From the Editor
Technology and Decisionmaking Technology is being used to train and enhance decisionmaking at the tactical, operational, and strategic levels of warfighting. Antonio M. Lopez. et al. reports the U.S. Arny War College's efforts to use systems and knowledge-engineering...
From the Flame of Battle to the Fiery Cross
FROM THE FLAME OF BATTLE TO THE FIERY CROSS, James Van Eldik, Yucca Tree Press, Las Cruces, NM, 2001, 392 pages, $25.00. The author of From the Flame of Battle to the Fiery Cross, James Van Eldik, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, believes that...
Historically Based Executioncentric Thinking
To be a successful soldier, you must study history. -General George S. Patton, Jr. USING HISTORICAL ANALYSIS in the pro fessional education of soldiers has a long, stotied past. Senior Army officers often recommend the study of history to junior officers,...
Integrating Women into the Infantry
At the end of Operation Desert Storm in 1991, there were 13 women killed in action Of those, four were termed "hostile deaths " out of a total of 148 U.S. combat deaths. WOMEN HAVE NOT been given a chance to succeed on an equal footing with men in the...
Making Citizen-Soldiers: ROTC and the Ideology of American Military Science
MAKING CITIZEN-SOLDIERS: ROTC and the Ideology of American Military Science, Michael S. Nieberg, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA, 2000, 264 pages, $39.95. Making Citizen-Soldiers is an interesting, informative book that belies author Michael...
Martin Van Creveld on Men, Women & War
I was at first apprehensive when approached about writing a review essay on Martin van Creveld's new book, Men, Women & War: Do Women Belong in the Front Line?1 The topic was not a key interest of mine, and more pressing real-world needs required...
Mentoring Establishing a Legacy, Shaping the Future
DURING A TIME when I felt convicted to learn and grow through my elders' exreriences, I wrote the following poem: I'm looking for a man with sweat on his brow and callused areas on his palms; I'm looking for a man who cares to say you messed up, now...
Mentoring in the Military: Not Everybody Gets It
IN NINETEEN STARS: a Study in Military Character and Leadership, Edgar F. Puryear, Jr., says that Generals George C. Marshall, Douglas MacArthur, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and George S. Patton, Jr., "spent their entire military careers preparing for high...
Perpetual Transitions
Some see the Army's Transformation to the Objective Force as a new venture. The reality, however, is that the Army has undergone many transformations. Brown draws on his 50-plus years of Army Transformation experience to assess how the Army is doing...
Pogue's War: Diaries of a WWII Combat Historian, Forrest C. Pogue
POGUE'S WAR: Diaries of a WWII Combat Historian, Forrest C. Pogue, University Press of Kentucky, Lexington, 2001, 411 pages, $29.95. Forrest C. Pogue's paycheck was missing, so he sent a letter of inquiry. He recalls, "(T)hirty-two endorsements later...
Staffing the Postmodern Army
Author Gregory G. Washington contends that the Army's current personnel readiness system is outdated, in part because it was designed for an industrial era that has passed. If the Army is to maintain personnel readiness, it must develop new strategies...
Technology and Decisionmaking
In this issue, Military Review looks at three areas of interest to military professionals: technology and decisionmaking, mentorship, and women in combat. Simulation is an ever-growing dimension of training. Fighting computerized wargames to train division...
The Female Infantryman: A Possibility?
A FEMALE INFANTRYMAN. There are few other oxymorons that could invoke an immediate visceral response from within the U.S. Army's infantry branch. However, the controversial issue of women as team members of combat Army infantry units is one that has...
The Great War and the Twentieth Century
THE GREAT WAR AND THE TWENTIETH CENTURY, Jay Winter, Geoffrey Parker, and Mary R. Habeck, eds., Yale University Press, New Haven, CT, 2000, 356 pages, $30.00. The advent of the end of the 20th century inspired historians to reflect on and reconsider...
The Hidden Hand: Britain, America and Cold War Secret Intelligence
THE HIDDEN HAND: Britain, America and Cold War Secret Intelligence, Richard J. Aldrich, John Murray, London, 2001, 733 pages, $25.00. To the serious student of the Cold War, intelligence or Anglo-American relations often project the image of cheerful...
The Making of a Professional: Manton S Eddy, USA
THE MAKING OF A PROFESSIONAL: Manton S. Eddy, USA, Henry Gerard Phillips, Greenwood Press, West-port, CT, 2000, 245 pages, $65.00. Colonel Henry Gerard Phillips' biography of Manton S. Eddy is a delightful and rare combination of admiration and scholarship....
The Nature of Soldierly Trust
The contemporary operating environment often throws soldiers into situations where they must quickly establish working relationships with complete strangers: soldiers from other tactical units, law enforcement personnel from federal agencies, and relief...
The Serpent's Eye: The Cinema of 20th-Century Combat
Military Glory-that attractive rainbow that rises in showers of blood, that serpents eye that charms to destroy. - Abraham Lincoln1 In the 20th century, motion picture and modem warfare techniques developed alongside each other. Movie cameras recorded...
The Tragedy of Great Power Politics
THE TRAGEDY OF GREAT POWER POLITICS, John J. Mearsheimer, W.W. Norton & Company, NY, 2001, 448 pages, $27.95. In The Tragedy of Great Power Politics, John J. Mearsheimer presents a convincing but troubling description of the nature of the international...
Trust but Verify: Imagery Analysis in the Cold War
TRUST BUT VERIFY: Imagery Analysis in the Cold War, David T. Lindgren, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD, 2000, 248 pages, $32.95. David T. Lindgen's book, Trust but Verify, charts a concise but complete history of America's strategic surveillance...
Using Tactical Decision Exercises to Study Tactics
What is necessary to be performed in the heat of action should constantly be practiced in the leisure of peace. - Vegetius1 USING GAMES to train leaders is neither new nor revolutionary. Such methods date back to Sun Tzu.2 Although initially played principally...
U.S. Intervention in Siberia as Military Operations Other Than War
The stuff of an age now dead. - S.L.A. Marshall1 If the 1990s are any indication, the "future" mission of the U.S. military is occurring now. Military operations other than war (MOOTW), as in Northern Iraq, Somalia, Haiti, Bosnia, and Kosovo, will almost...
Voices from the Sierra Maestra: Fidel Castro's Revolutionary Propaganda
Almanac On 5 November 1956, 82 Cuban revolutionaries based in Mexico boarded a broken-down yacht named La Granma and headed for Cuba. Seven days later the yacht ran aground near the Los Colorados beach in Cuba's Oriente Province. The landing was well...
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