Military Review

Professional military journal (English, Spanish and Portuguese).

Articles from Vol. 87, No. 5, September-October

After Fidel: What Future for U.S.-Cuban Relations?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Latin America always seems on the verge of something historic, always teetering between possibility and failure. (1) DESPITE THE END of the cold war over two decades and intractable post-9/11 security challenges, when it...
A Logical Method for Center-of-Gravity Analysis
LARGELY DUE TO its enigmatic nature, the center of gravity (COG) determination process has always been considered more of an art than a science. But even art has rules and structures that can turn chaotic sounds into language and language into poetry....
Battling Terrorism under the Law of War
THE WAR ON TERRORISM began with the atrocities of i1 September 2001. Approximately 3,000 Americans, as well as citizens of other countries, tragically died that day at the Pentagon, the World Trade Center, and in a field in Pennsylvania. The world...
Chile and Argentina: From Measures of Trust to Military Integration
This essay is adapted from the author's thesis on Chilean-Argentine integration, "Is it Time to Create Permanent Combined Military, Units?" written as part of his masters program in political science at Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile. It...
Fighting "The Other War" Counterinsurgency Strategy in Afghanistan, 2003- 2005
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Strategy without Tactics is the slowest road to Victory. Tactics without Strategy is the noise before Defeat.--Sun Yzu The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not reflect the official policy or...
Iraq: Tribal Engagement Lessons Learned
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] ENGAGEMENT ACTIVITIES--overt interactions between coalition military and foreign civilian personnel for the purpose of obtaining information, influencing behavior, or building an indigenous base of support for coalition objectives--have...
Leadership in Counterinsurgency: A Tale of Two Leaders
This man is different from the rest of the Englishman whom we have seen so far, [in] that he listens attentively to the political organization of the Arabs and his questions show a depth in the subject, which is not present except with one who has...
Learning from Our Modern Wars: The Imperatives of Preparing for a Dangerous Future
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not reflect the official policy or position of the Department of Defense or the U.S. Government. SINCE RETURNING from my second tour in Iraq in December...
Lessons Learned from the Recent War in Lebanon
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] PART I: Musings on War in General 1. Every war has its particular weapons. Every war has its own competing powers and military structures, and its own unique circumstances. Every war gives birth to new military thought....
Linking Doctrine to Action: A New Coin Center-of-Gravity Analysis
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] JUST AS THERE IS no one weapon that guarantees superiority in conventional warfare, there is no silver bullet when it comes to counterinsurgency (COIN) operations. Field Manual 3-24, Counterinsurgency, provides a firm doctrinal...
Medical Diplomacy in Full-Spectrum Operations
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] AMERICAN MEDICINE is a powerful "weapon of freedom" in our Nation's arsenal against terrorists and the forces of oppression. (l) However, tailgate medicine, as commonly practiced by many well-meaning medical civil-assistance...
Muddy Boots IO: The Rise of Soldier Blogs
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A PHONE RINGS at the Pentagon. A journalist identifies himself and states, "I just read a blog that says Soldiers use dogs for target practice in Iraq. There's a video clip showing it, too. What's the Army's position?" ...
Paper and Coin: Exploiting the Enemy's Documents
MOST MILITARY EMBERS, especially those with operational combat experience, understand that intelligence drives operations. Unfortunately, getting good, actionable intelligence is almost always a formidable challenge, a truth borne out in our recent...
The Droning of Strategic Communication and Public Diplomacy
IN THESE DAYS of smart bombs and unmanned drones delivering lethal payloads, we sometimes see strategic communication and public diplomacy as little more than engineering problems. We have jettisoned real people from our conception of warfight-hag,...
The Economic Instrument of National Power and Military Operations: A Focus on IRAQ
WITH ONE EXCEPTION--the post-World War II Marshall Plan for the reconstruction of Germany and Japan-Winston Churchill's statement was prophetic in describing American post-war experiences. It has proven particularly true of the current war with Iraq....
The Man Who Bent Events: "King John" in Indochina
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A distinguished general is asked to assume command of an undersized military force fighting a counterinsurgency war widely criticized by opposition political leaders and broadly unpopular among his countrymen, and to do so...
The Surrender Program
EDITOR'S NOTE: This article from the Vietnam era is particularly relevant to resolving the insurgencies we are now encountering in Iraq and elsewhere. Amnesty is an emotionally charged issue: the anger and hatred generated by war are hard to forgive....
Understanding Airmen: A Primer for Soldiers
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] If you don't love Soldiers, you have no place in my Air Force. --General Hal Hornburg THE EXTREMELY DIFFICULT QUEST for victory in Iraq is putting enormous stress on the entire U.S. military establishment. As is predictable...
Words Are Weapons ...So Use Them Wisely
Baghdad, 2006: Lieutenant Jones and his platoon have a simple mission: go search the large house on Haifa Street for illegal weapons. However, Jones also knows there is additional guidance; he is to conduct all missions in combination with his partner...
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