Military Review

Professional military journal (English, Spanish and Portuguese).

Articles from Vol. 85, No. 5, September/October

Anwar Muhammad: Comments on Nasser and the Six-Day War
Anwar Muhammad: Comments on Nasser and the Six-Day WarIn Harb beela Banadeeq: Akhtar Mooajahah bain Al-Arab wa Is faeel (War without guns: the most dangerous confrontation between the Arabs and Israel), Anwar Muhammad, an Egyptian political commentator...
BALANCING RISKS: Great Power Intervention in the Periphery
BALANCING RISKS: Great Power Intervention in the Periphery, Jeffrey W. Taliaferro, Cornell University Press, Ithaca, NY, 2004, 304 pages, $39.95.America's intervention in Afghanistan in 2001 and Iraq in 2003 and its tendency to intervene in other wayward...
Battle Command: Toppling the Tower of Babel
As night fell, the situation grew threatening. Marcone arrayed his battalion in a defensive position on the far side of the bridge and awaited the arrival of bogged-down reinforcements. One communications intercept did reach him: A single Iraqi brigade...
Chinese Army Modernization: An Overview
THE CHINESE People's Liberation Army (PLA) is in the third decade of a comprehensive program of modernization and transformation that began in 1979 after the PLA's last major campaign against a foreign enemy, its "self-defensive counterattack" against...
Coercive Diplomacy in U.S. Foreign Policy
Coercive Diplomacy in U.S. Foreign PolicyCoercive diplomacy is the use of military power short of war to effect a change in a target country's policies or political makeup. This includes positive inducements as well as negative sanctions (a carrot as...
Don't Follow the Bear: The Soviet Attempt to Build Afghanistan's Military
THE SOVIET experience in Afghanistan during the 1980s provides many lessons for contemporary military operations. The apparent similarity to the position the United States finds itself in today in Afghanistan and Iraq warrants giving some attention to...
DRUGS AND DEMOCRACY IN LATIN AMERICA: The Impact of U.S. Policy
DRUGS AND DEMOCRACY IN LATIN AMERICA: The Impact of U.S. Policy, Coletta A. Youngers and Eileen Rosin, eds., Lynne Rienner Publishers, Boulder, CO, 2004, 415 pages, $25.00.Drugs and Democracy in Latin America contains individual essays on U.S. drug policy...
FOCH: Supreme Allied Commander in the Great War
FOCH: Supreme Allied Commander in the Great War, Michael S. Neiberg, Brassey's, Washington, D.C., 2003, 125 pages, $12.95.In the spring of 1918, at a moment of extreme crisis, Ferdinand Foch took over command of the Allied armies on the Western Front....
International Law and Terrorism
WE HAVE BEEN operating under the impression that the International Law of Armed Conflict (LOAC) is inimical to our effective prosecution of the war on terrorism.1 But what has come to be called lawfare is a weapon that rightly belongs in the hands of...
Letters
French Algeria and British Northern IrelandTimothy Diirbin, MEDPROS Readiness Coordinator, ASM Research, Inc., Fort Carson, Colorado-I really liked Lieutenant Colonel James D. Campbell's article "French Algeria and British Northern Ireland: Legitimacy...
LONE STAR CONFEDERATE: A Gallant and Good Soldier of the Fifth Texas Infantry
LONE STAR CONFEDERATE: A Gallant and Good Soldier of the Fifth Texas Infantry, Robert Campbell, Mark W. Perkins, and George Skoch, eds., Texas A&M University Press, College Station, 2003, 163 pages, $27.50.Lone Star Confederate, a delightful book,...
MARCH OF DEATH: Sir John Moore's Retreat to Corunna, 1808-1809
MARCH OF DEATH: Sir John Moore's Retreat to Corunna, 1808-1809, Christopher Summerville, 2003, Greenhill Books, London, 240 pages, $34.95.The British love their epic retreats, and Christopher Summerville's March of Death: Sir John Moore's Retreat to...
MULLAHS, MERCHANTS, AND MILITANTS: The Economic Collapse of the Arab World
MULLAHS, MERCHANTS, AND MILITANTS: The Economic Collapse of the Arab World, Stephen J. Glain, St. Martin's Press, New York, 2004, 350 pages, $25.95.In Mullahs, Merchants, and Militants, Stephen J. Glain forwards the premise that the Global War on Terrorism...
North Korea: Government-Sponsored Drug Trafficking
ON 16 APRIL 2003, off the coast of Australia, aerial surveillance of the North Korean freighter Pong Su led police to follow two Chinese suspects as they left the beach and headed for a nearby hotel. The following morning police apprehended them, seized...
ON HALLOWED GROUND: The Last Battle for Pork Chop Hill
ON HALLOWED GROUND: The Last Battle for Pork Chop Hill, Bill McWilliams, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD, 2003, 520 pages, $29.95.On Hallowed Ground narrates the exceptional story of the 7th Infantry Division's fight to hold Pork Chop Hill in Korea...
OPORDs and Leadership: Complicating Simplicity
The only new thing in the world is the history you don't know.-Harry S. Truman1Something remarkable occurred (by today's military standards) just before Operation Market Garden during World War II. British Army Lieutenant General B.C. Horrocks stood...
Perceptions and Courses of Actions toward Iran
TAKE THIS QUICK QUIZ: In which Islamic theocracy were there immediate and repeated public outpourings of sympathy for Americans following the 9/11 attacks in 2001? If you did not know about the several candlelight vigils in Iran, you are not alone. In...
RETHINKING THE NATIONAL SECURITY OF PAKISTAN: The Price of Strategic Myopia
RETHINKING THE NATIONAL SECURITY OF PAKISTAN: The Price of Strategic Myopia, Ahmad Faruqui, Ashgate Publishing Limited, Aldershot, England, 2003, 190 pages, $79.95.Ahmad Faruqui, a gifted economist who has done great work on electrical and utility issues,...
Seeing Red: Creating a Red-Team Capability for the Blue Force
This is not exactly the enemy we wargamed against.-LTG William S. Wallace, Commander of V Corps during Operation Iraqi Freedom1LIEUTENANT GENERAL William S. Wallace had considered the adaptive nature of the enemy, but apparently he had not expected the...
Sidewise Technologies: National Security and Global Power Implications
IF WE ACCEPT the premise that the latest advances in technology matter the most, looking at comparative international positioning in information technology (IT), biotechnology, nanotechnology, and quantum computing, then we would logically ask: Can the...
STALIN AND HIS HANGMEN: The Tyrant and Those Who Killed for Him
STALIN AND HIS HANGMEN: The Tyrant and Those Who Killed for Him, Donald Rayfield, Random House, New York, 2004, 541 pages, $29.95.Joseph Stalin's dictatorship survived by instilling terror and societal paranoia throughout the country and systematically...
STORM OF STEEL: The Development of Armor Doctrine in Germany and the Soviet Union
STORM OF STEEL: The Development of Armor Doctrine in Germany and the Soviet Union, Mary R. Habeck, Cornell University Press, Ithaca and London, 2003, 309 pages, $36.50.For officers who find the current period of transformation perplexing, the period...
Ten Misperceptions about North Korea
In July 2005, after a 13-month boycott, North Korea returned to the 6-nation multilateral talks on nuclear disarmament. Was its return just the latest in a long series of diplomatic feints and frauds, or was it an honest move to engage in earnest dialog?...
THE END OF THE BEGINNING: From the Siege of Malta to the Allied Victory at El Alamein
THE END OF THE BEGINNING: From the Siege of Malta to the Allied Victory at El Alamein, Tim Clayton and Phil Craig, The Free Press, New York, 2003, 368 pages, $27.50.The End of the Beginning is the second collaboration between Tim Clayton and Phil Craig...
The Execution of Private Slovik
THE EXECUTION OF PRIVATE SLOVIK, William Bradford Huie, Westholme, Yardley, PA, 2004, 249 pages, $14.95.After nearly a decade, the Judge Advocate General's office agreed to release records of U.S. Army Private Eddie Slovik's execution. With the Department...
The New Master of Wizard's Chess: The Real Hugo Chavez and Asymmetric Warfare
BEGINNING WITH the election of Hugo Chavez Frias as President of Venezuela in 1998, the United States and Venezuela have exchanged a continuous series of acrimonious charges and countercharges. Each country has repeatedly argued that the other is engaged...
THE PENTAGON AND THE PRESIDENCY: Civil-Military Relations from FDR to George W. Bush
THE PENTAGON AND THE PRESIDENCY: Civil-Military Relations from FDR to George W. Bush, Dale R. Herspring, University Press of Kansas, Lawrence, 2005, 490 pages, $45.00.Dale R. Herspring's book shows how the senior military command, particularly the Joint...
Unprivileged Belligerency: The IRA
Formal declarations of war have long been out of fashion. But when a state of war . . . is recognized as such by all the countries involved in it, persons who kill innocent civilians (e.g., by bombing raids) are not regarded as murderers and may even...
Using Biometrics to Achieve Identity Dominance in the Global War on Terrorism
A FINGERPRINT match identified the 20th hijacker. In December 2001, U.S. military forces detained Mohamed Al Kahtani as an enemy combatant on the field of battle in Southwest Asia.1 During repeated interrogations Kahtani denied being a combatant and...
WHERE THEY LAY: Searching for America's Lost Soldiers
WHERE THEY LAY: Searching for America's Lost Soldiers, Earl Swift, Houghton Mifflin, Boston, MA, 2003, 307 pages, $25.00.On 20 March 1971, Major Jack Barker and his crew were flying in support of Operation Lam Son 719, the South Vietnamese attack on...