Military Review

Professional military journal (English, Spanish and Portuguese).

Articles from Vol. 89, No. 5, September-October

Afternoon PT: Key for an Army Flextime Battle Rhythm
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] WITH MULTIPLE COMBAT TOURS putting Army families under great stress, commanders are seeking better ways to help. They encourage Soldiers to spend time with their loved ones, but they must balance the requirements of reintegration...
Buffalo Soldiers: African American Troops in the US Forces 1866-1945
BUFFALO SOLDIERS: African American Troops in the US Forces 1866-1945, Ron Field and Alexander Bielakowski, Osprey Publishing, Oxford, United Kingdom, 2008, 232 pages, $25.95. Buffalo Soldiers provides an illustrated narrative history of the contributions...
Design: Extending Military Relevance
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] DESIGN IS A U.S. ARMY conception for the practice of strategic and operational art in the 21st century. (1) Design enhances battle command and decision making, and its incorporation into doctrine is the subject of much recent...
Developing NCO Leaders for the 21st Century
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Soldiers actually tend to be pretty skilled at this kind of work. A huge fraction of military officers were captains of their soccer teams, scout leaders, student government officers, whatever. They understand leadership....
Educating the Strategic Corporal: A Paradigm Shift
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] IN AN INCREASINGLY complex interagency, joint, and multinational world that oscillates between conventional and nonconventional military missions, transforming noncommissioned officer (NCO) education and leadership development...
Fostering a Culture of Engagement
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] WITH LESS THAN one half of one percent of the U.S. population in the Armed Forces, it is not surprising that many Americans know little about their military or the sacrifices military members and their families make for the...
Inventing Vietnam: The United States and State Building, 1954-1968
INVENTING VIETNAM: The United States and State Building, 1954-1968, James M. Carter, Cambridge University Press, New York, 2008, 276 pages, $22.99. In Inventing Vietnam, James M. Carter covers U.S. nation-building efforts in Vietnam from the initiation...
IRA: The Bombs and the Bullets
IRA: The Bombs and the Bullets, A.R. Oppenheimer, Irish Academic Press, Portland, OR, 2009, 387 pages, $32.95. The old adage cautions that you should never judge a book by its cover. This is arguably true of A.R. Oppenheimer's new insight into the...
Last Man Standing: The 1st Marine Regiment on Peleliu, September 15-21 1944
LAST MAN STANDING: The 1st Marine Regiment on Peleliu, September 15-21 1944, Dick Camp, Zenith Press, Osceola, WI, 2008, 308 pages, $28.00. In Last Man Standing, author Dick Camp narrates the epic World War II struggle of the 1st Marine Regiment...
Leading Our Leaders
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] When he heard that Marcellus had been killed, [Hannibal] hurried to the spot and stood for a long time by the dead body, admiring its strength and beauty. He uttered not a boastful word, nor did he show any sign of exultation,...
Performance under Stress
PERFORMANCE UNDER STRESS, edited by Peter A. Hancock and James L. Szalma, Ashgate Publishing Company, Burlington, VT, 2008, 389 pages, $99.95. Stress is an integral part of the human condition, and it can influence our performance significantly....
Revisiting Priorities for the Army's Future Force
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Introduction by General Peter W. Chiarelli We, as leaders, must contribute to the development and growth of our profession and our Army by encouraging and nurturing the learning process. We must be willing to challenge...
Six-Legged Soldiers: Using Insects as Weapons of War
SIX-LEGGED SOLDIERS: Using Insects as Weapons of War, Jeffrey A. Lockwood, Oxford University Press, New York, 2008, 377 pages, $27.95. Bees trained to locate landmines? Housefly-sized spybots? Insects are the villains and heroes of the past and...
Survivor's Songs: From Maldon to the Somme
SURVIVOR'S SONGS: From Maldon to the Somme, Jon Stallworthy, Cambridge University Press, New York and Cambridge, 2008, 226 pages, $28.00. Jon Stallworthy is a poet and British literary scholar, perhaps best known as the biographer of British World...
Tactical Combat Casualty Care: A Case Study of NCO Technical Professionalism
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Leader development is achieved through the lifelong synthesis of knowledge, skills, and experiences gained through institutional training and education, organizational training, operational experience, and self-development....
The Accidental Guerrilla: Fighting Small Wars in the Midst of a Big One
THE ACCIDENTAL GUERRILLA: Fighting Small Wars in the Midst of a Big One, David Kilcullen, Oxford University Press, New York, 2009, 384 pages, $27.95. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Rarely does a book strike such a resonating chord on the emerging...
The Battlefield Inside the Wire: Detention Operations under Major General Douglas Stone
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] MILITARY OPERATIONS in Afghanistan and Iraq have propelled the issue of detention operations to the forefront of our national discourse. Not since the internment of thousands of Japanese-Americans during World War II has the...
The Echo of Battle: The Army's Way of War
THE ECHO OF BATTLE: The Army's Way of War, Brian McAllister Linn, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA, 2007, 320 pages, $27.95. Brian McAllister Linn's The Echo of Battle is a provocative essay that uses the history of coastal defense as its...
The Interagency Future: Embedded Provincial Reconstruction Teams in Task Force Marne
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] IN HIS FOREWORD to U.S. Army Field Manual (FM) 3-0, Operations, General William Wallace emphasizes that victory in modern conflict will be achieved "only by conducting military operations in concert with diplomatic, informational,...
The Military-Media Relationship: A Dysfunctional Marriage?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Thom Shanker, a Pentagon correspondent for The New York Times, has served as a reporter in a variety of conflicts and has made numerous reporting trips to Iraq, embedded in corps, division, and down to small-unit levels. Major...
The Minimum Means of Reprisal: China's Search for Security in the Nuclear Age
THE MINIMUM MEANS OF REPRISAL: China's Search for Security in the Nuclear Age, Jeffrey G. Lewis, MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 2007, 262 pages, $23.00. During the Cold War, American strategic planners focused on the Soviet Union and largely ignored...
The Noncommissioned Officer as Moral Exemplar
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] IN WAR, TRUTH IS THE FIRST CASUALTY," according to Greek tragic dramatist, Aeschylus (525-456 BCE). To be sure, war places Soldiers under physical, emotional, spiritual, and moral forces that influence them to violate their...
The Unforgiving Minute: A Soldier's Education
THE UNFORGIVING MINUTE: A Soldier's Education, Craig Mullaney, Penguin Press, New York, 2009, 400 pages, $28.95. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In the early 1990s, the U.S. Military Academy's English Department made plebes write about an experience that...
The U.S.-Iraq Security Agreement and the Changing Nature of U.S. Military Operations in Iraq
Change is the law of life. Those who only look to the past or to the present are certain to miss the future. --President John F. Kennedy THE PAST 24 MONTHS have been a period of dynamic change in Iraq. Beginning with the U.S. troop surge in 2007,...
Tipping Sacred Cows: Moral Potential through Operational Art
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] UNTIL 14 AUGUST 2008, the American military's Joint world was well on the road to formulating a doctrine called "effects-based operations" (EBO). However, the EBO effort's trajectory was brought to a sudden abatement when...
Truman and MacArthur: Policy, Politics, and the Hunger for Honor and Renown
TRUMAN AND MACARTHUR: Policy, Politics, and the Hunger for Honor and Renown, Michael D. Pearlman, Indiana University Press, Bloomington, 2008, 352 pages, $29.95. Truman and MacArthur focuses on relationships--between people, between institutions...
What Turned the Tide in Anbar?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] IN HIS RECENT book, The War Within, Bob Woodward attributes the largest role in turning the tide in Iraq to new methods of intelligence fusion and precision raiding that allowed special forces to eliminate insurgent leaders....
Year of the NCO: A Division Commander's Perspective
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] MY SHOES WERE SHINED, my greens had a razor crease in the trousers, and I believed I was looking pretty sharp as I reported to my battalion commander as a brand new second lieutenant. But my palms soon became sweaty after...
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