Military Review

Professional military journal (English, Spanish and Portuguese).

Articles from Vol. 88, No. 3, May-June

Addendum: Anbar Awakens
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] You old guys need to get over that s--t. Young Marine to Marine sergeant major when asked how he felt about fighting alongside an Army unit in Al Anbar, Iraq. In the March-April 2008 issue of Military Review, Major Niel...
Constructive Engagement: A Proven Method for Conducting Stability and Support Operations
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In the Iraqi theater of operations (ITO), successful conduct of stability and support operations (SASO) requires an imaginative combination of lethal and nonlethal methods. For the U.S. Army's 1st Cavalry Division, the combination...
From Enduring Strife to Enduring Peace in the Philippines
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] With the exception of a brief period of American control in the first half of the twentieth century, conflict has persisted in the Mindanao, the southern island group of the Philippines, for 500 years, since the first acts...
Islam and Symbolism
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Islamic culture is resplendent with symbols containing historical, religious, and mystical elements. Persons working in the Middle East are advised to become familiar with them. Symbols resonate throughout Islamic cultures,...
Money as a Force Multiplier in COIN
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Before Operation Al Fajr, the second battle of Fallujah (in November-December 2004), an estimated 4,000 insurgents roamed the streets of Fallujah, Iraq, killing government soldiers and policemen and essentially turning the...
Reforming the Madrasah: A Disregarded Dimension in the War on Terrorism
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] All battles are first won or lost in the mind. --Joan of Arc The global war on terror is a war of ideas." We have heard this and similar statements repeatedly over the past five years. We read it in the papers and blogs....
The Al-Qaeda Media Machine
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Like an aging rock star who has dropped out of the public eye, Osama bin-Laden occasionally decides to remind people that he's still around. He makes video appearances that first appear on Arabic television channels but which...
The Most Important Thing: Legislative Reform of the National Security System
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Don't confuse enthusiasm with capability. --General Peter J. Schoomaker, Commander, USSOCOM, 2000 The national security system that the president uses to manage the instruments of national power, and the manner in which...
The Story Behind the National Security Act of 1947
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Harry Truman was at Washington D.C.'s National Airport on Saturday, 26 July 1947, waiting impatiently to fly home to Missouri to see his dying mother. First, however, he wanted to sign a long-delayed bill reorganizing the...
The Taliban: An Organizational Analysis
If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb...
Through an Arab Cultural Lens
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Retired Major General Robert H. Scales has described how in today's world, military victory "will be defined more in terms of capturing the psych-cultural rather than the geographical high ground." (1) It is in this spirit...
Title 10 Domestic Humanitarian Assistance: New Orleans
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] On Thursday, 1 September 2005, the 2d Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, was alerted to deploy to New Orleans to assist in humanitarian relief operations following Hurricane Katrina. Coming out of a year-long deployment in Iraq,...
Transition Teams: Adapt and Win
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] It is perhaps only a slight exaggeration to suggest that, on their own, foreign forces cannot defeat an insurgency; the best they can hope for is to create the conditions that will enable local forces to win it for them. ...
Will the Army Ever Learn Good Media Relations Techniques? Walter Reed as a Case Study
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The views expressed in this article are the author's and are not necessarily those of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, the National Defense University, or the Department of Defense. If you ever wanted a near-perfect...
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