Military Review

Professional military journal (English, Spanish and Portuguese).

Articles from Vol. 81, No. 3, May/June

A War to Be Won
The book club called A War To Be Won: Fighting the Second World War the definitive history of World War II.1 When I received my copy, I turned immediately to the history of the Belgian Bulge. In November 1944 I was a second lieutenant of combat engineers,...
China's Electronic Strategies
MAJOR GENERAL Dai Qingmin, director of the Chinese People's Liberation Army's (PLA's) Communications Department of the General Staff responsible for information warfare (IW) and information operations (IO), wrote that "new technologies are likely to...
Colombia's Threats to Regional Security
Colombia's complicated internal conflict is causing problems across international borders. Long-term government failures to provide a lawful environment have invited criminal activity that does not respect boundaries. How countries in the region respond...
Cuba's Transition
The descendant of the Rebel Army, today's FAR has a tradition of civic soldiering, and the population considers it an efficient, productive, organized and qualified landlord. The FAR has participated in little direct repression, is not associated with...
Expeditionary Forces: Superior Technology Defeated the Battle of Maiwand
Seasoned expeditionary forces with marked advantages in training, technology and intelligence can still falter and fail if their opponent acquires some advanced technology and uses the home terrain better. This historical piece describes a battle well...
Force Protection Implications: TF Smith and the 24th Infantry Division, Korea 1950
"They were Task Force [TF] Smith, which [General Douglas] MacArthur termed an arrogant display of strength, sent ahead into Korea to give the Communists pause. [Major General (MG) William E] Dean had been ordered to move his entire 24th [Infantry] Division...
Fort Robinson and the American West, 1874-1899
FORT ROBINSON AND THE AMERICAN WEST, 1874-1899, Thomas R. Buecker, Nebraska State Historical society, 1999, 265 pages, $40.00. In Fort Robinson and the American West, 1874-1899, Thomas R. Buecker gives more than just a history of a place. This superb...
Great World War II Battles in the Arctic
GREAT WORLD WAR II BATTLES IN THE ARCTIC, Mark Llewellyn Evans, Greenwood Press, Westport, CT, 1999, 192 pages, $55.00. Presumably, a book titled Great World War 11 Battles in the Arctic would be about just that. It is not. There is no mention of major...
Hydrocarbons and a New Strategic Region: The Caspian Sea and Central Asia
Various political, economic, sovereignty, military and cultural issues could threaten uninterrupted delivery of oil from the Caspian region. Should the United States continue to play a vigorous role in supporting regional stability, US Armed Forces will...
Islamic Extremism in Former Soviet Republics
The relative decline in regional living standards has disaffected the population with ruling secular powers Ordinary citizens are gradually recognizing the fact that the social and economic reforms failed An Islamic state dictates societal norms and...
MacArthur's War: Korea and the Undoing of an American Hero
MACARTHUR'S WAR: Korea and the Undoing of an American Hero, Stanley Weintraub, Free Press, NY, 2000, 374 pages, $27.50. Generally speaking, there have been two types of books about the Korean War: those written by authors who meticulously detail battlefield...
Mexico's Evolving Security Posture
We are declaring a war without quarter against the drug traffickers and the pernicious criminal Mafias. -President Vicente Fox MEXICO'S presidential election in July 2000 constituted one of the country's most important political developments since the...
MR Letters
JROTC Spells the Future The article "JROTC, Recent Trends and Developments" by Colonels John W Corbett and Arthur T Coumbe in the January-February 2001 issue of Military Review is right on target. As a retired Army officer in Southern California, I have...
Naval Strategy in Northeast Asia: Geo-Strategic Goals, Policies and Prospects
NAVAL STRATEGY IN NORTHEAST ASIA: Geo-strategic Goals, Policies and Prospects, Duk-Ki Kim, Frank Cass, Portland, OR, 2000, 213 pages, $57.50. Cold War remnants still hang over Northeast Asia. The Korean Peninsula, which remains a major flashpoint, is...
Nothing Short of War: With the Australian Army in Borneo, 1962-66
NOTHING SHORT OF WAR: With the Australian Army in Borneo, 1962-66, Neil C. Smith, Citadel Press, Melbourne, 1999, 191 pages, $40.00. In January 2000, I visited the North Borneo region of Malaysia. While walking around, I saw many "Indons," as Indonesians...
Russia's Nonstrategic Nuclear Weapons
Russian discussions have connected redeployment of nonstrategic nuclear weapons to NATO enlargement However, in 1999 military discussion of these weapons concerned their potential role in theater warfighting as a counterweight to Russia's declining conventional...
Squad Leader
SQUAD LEADER, Microprose, Hasbro Interactive, Avalon Hill, 2000, $39.95. (System Requirements: Pentium II 233 MHz or higher, 32MB RAM, 300MB Hard Disk Space, 4X Speed CD ROM, 2MB Win 95/98 compatible SVGA video card, Win 95/98 compatible sound card,...
The Airborne Division in 2010
For almost six decades US Army airborne forces have been key to worldwide US military operations. Usually manned at full strength, well equipped and well trained, flexible and adaptive airborne units have remained in demand even during times of downsizing...
The Boer War Generals
THE BOER WAR GENERALS, Peter Trew, Sutton Publishing Limited, Great Britain, 274 pages, 1999, $44.95. The Boer War Generals is a fine introduction to the conflict between Britain and two Boer republics in southern Africa during the late 1800s. The US...
The Book of War: 25 Centuries of Great War Writing
THE BOOK OF WAR: 25 Centuries of Great War Writing, John Keegan, Viking Penguin, NY, 1999, 496 pages, $34.95. John Keegan is widely known and highly regarded for the intellectual depth of his historical writings. His previous works have focused on leadership,...
The Little War of Private Post: The Spanish-American War Seen Up Close
THE LITTLE WAR OF PRIVATE POST: The Spanish-American War Seen Up Close, Charles Johnson Post, University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln, 1999, 376 pages, $15.00. This reprint of a classic memoir is part of a larger public remembering of a small conflict...
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