Military Review

Professional military journal (English, Spanish and Portuguese).

Articles from Vol. 86, No. 6, November-December

Advances in Predeployment Culture Training: The U.S. Marine Corps Approach
THE HISTORY AND SELF-IDENTITY of the United States Marine Corps are based on operations in foreign environments, in close proximity to peoples from foreign cultures and with indigenous security personnel. Still, the systematic study of foreign cultures...
Anatomy of a Successful COIN Operation: OEF-Philippines and Indirect Approach
Freedom, by its nature, must be chosen and defended by its citizens. --President George W. Bush THE TERRORIST ATTACKS of 9/11 have ushered in a new era of counterinsurgency to deal with Al-Qaeda-linked insurgent and terrorist organizations. The...
Are the Maras Overwhelming Governments in Central America?
VIOLENCE IN CENTRALAMERICA has grown so much in the last half decade that Colombia is no longer the homicide capital of the region. In fact, it now ranks fourth in that ignominious distinction behind El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala. (1) The violence...
Attacking Insurgent Space: Sanctuary Denial and Border Interdiction
The U.S. military campaign has disrupted the ease with which Al-Qaeda may operate in Afghanistan and probably will force Al-Qaeda to adapt and evolve in several ways. First, because of U.S. military action, Afghanistan has ceased to be a sanctuary...
Avoiding the Cookie-Cutter Approach to Culture: Lessons Learned from Operations in East Africa
SEVERAL YEARS AGO, a group of cease-fire monitors preparing to go to the Nuba Mountains in Sudan received a situation briefing in the Pentagon. At the conclusion of the briefing, one monitor asked about crime and economic violence in the area. The...
Coalition Interoperability: ABCA's New Focus
THE U.S. ARMY is simultaneously transforming and fighting the Global War on Terrorism alongside foreign partners who are also transforming and aggressively working to advance battlefield interoperability. One of the best venues for that important work...
Military Planning for a Middle East Stockpiled with Nuclear Weapons
The media is loaded with coverage of the international crisis over Iran's suspected nuclear weapons program. The 24/7 news cycle is focused on the latest tit-for-tat in the West's ineffective diplomatic effort to get Iran to suspend its uranium enrichment...
Osama Bin Laden's Global Jihad: Myth and Movement
ASSESSING THE SOUNDNESS of Osama bin Laden's global jihad concept by analyzing the movement and its myth has implications for U.S. information operations and counterinsurgency strategies and demonstrates the importance of cultural understanding. Much...
The Army's New TRADOC Culture Center
AN IMPORTANT PART of the ongoing transformation of the U.S. Army involves its cultural awareness (CA) campaign, which seeks to enhance Soldiers' abilities to understand and leverage cultural factors. If the early conflicts of the War on Terrorism foreshadow...
The Centurions
The Centurions, Jean Larteguy, translated by Xan Fielding, renewed by Colonel Peter R. Mansoor, Director, U.S. Army/U.S. Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Center, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas A conventional Western army is defeated by Vietnamese insurgents...
Training Indigenous Security Forces at the Upper End of the Counterinsurgency Spectrum
The Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq... is a model for the future: helping others to help themselves is critical to winning the long war. --Quadrennial Defense Review Report, 6 February 2006 THE "COUNTERINSURGENCY SPECTRUM" may...
Transforming Army Intelligence
THE U.S. ARMED FORCES face a changed paradigm of warfare. Ongoing counterterrorism (CT) and counterinsurgency (COIN) operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere reflect the tough challenges inherent in countering savage, extremist enemies in highly...
Vertical versus Horizontal Media: Using Agenda-Setting and Audience Agenda-Melding to Create Public Information Strategies in the Emerging Papyrus Society
And though all the winds of doctrine were let loose replay upon the earth, so Truth be in the field, we do injuriously by licensing and prohibiting to misdoubt her strength. Let her and Falsehood grapple; who ever knew Truth put to the worse, in a...
Why We Need to Reestablish the USIA
"Who has anything against life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness ?" (1) --attributed to an Iranian citizen FAVORABLE PERCEPTIONS of the United States were on the decline in the Muslim world prior to the attacks of September 11th. Operations...
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