Military Review

Professional military journal (English, Spanish and Portuguese).

Articles from Vol. 83, No. 5, September-October

Another Century of War?
Gabriel Kolko, The New Press, New York, 2002, 176 pages, $15.95. Another Century of War? If so, says Gabriel Kolko, it is almost assured that it will be another century of dashed hopes and unanticipated negative consequences, a century that is either...
Controlling Non-Strategic Nuclear Weapons: Obstacles and Opportunities
Jeffrey A. Larsen and Kurt J. Klingenberger, eds., The USAF Institute for National Security Studies, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2001, 356 pages. Out of print. This compendium of 13 articles is an attempt to bring together a...
Decision Navigation: Coping with 21st-Century Challenges in Tactical Decisionmaking
AS HE TUTORED the young Alexander the Great, the Greek philosopher Aristotle challenged Alexander by asking what he would do in a given situation. Alexander said that it would depend on the circumstances. Aristotle described a hypothetical set of circumstances...
Diehard Buildings: Control Architecture-A Challenge for the Urban Warrior
HOW DO CITIES control their populations, and how can the military benefit (or surfer) from current technology? How does urban design affect military mobility, responsiveness and effectiveness? How should planners identify and consider control architecture...
Distance-Learning: First CAS3 Class Outcomes
THE INSTITUTIONAL Training Divisions' Professional Development Brigades conducted a pilot distance-learning (DL) version of the Combined Arms Services Staff School (CAS3) Course for Reserve Component (RC) classes at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, in January...
Germs: Biological Weapons and America's Secret War
Judith Millet, Stephen Engelberg, William Broad, Simon & Schuster, New York, 2001, 382 pages, $27.00. Three investigative reporters from The New York Times, Judith Miller, Stephen Engelberg, and William Broad, initially began writing Germs:...
India's Emerging Nuclear Posture: Between Recessed Deterrent and Ready Arsenal
Ashley J. Tellis, RAND, Santa Monica, CA, 2001, 885 pages, $40.00. India's Emerging Nuclear Posture: Between Recessed Deterrent and Ready Arsenal is the product of an extensive research project conducted by Project Air Force (PAF). PAF, the brainchild...
Jungle Ace: The Story of One of the USAAF's Great Fighter Leaders, Col Gerald R. Johnson
John R. Bruning, Brassey's Inc., Washington, DC, 2001, 320 pages, $26.95. The American public became fascinated with World War II aviation heroes--aces--who, through skill and a great deal of luck, destroyed five or more aircraft in aerial combat....
Keeping the Edge: Managing Defense for the Future
Ashton B. Carter and John P. White, eds., MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 2001, 326 pages, $24.95. Keeping the Edge: Managing Defense for the Future is a collection of essays published by the Preventive Defense Project, a research collaboration of the...
Maritime and Expeditionary Dominance: Great Britain's Legacy to 21st-Century Strategy
OPERATIONS Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom underscore America's reputation as the world's most powerful, influential maritime power. Guaranteed access "from the sea" and "sovereign power forward" provides a critical capability, even in the campaign...
Military Decisionmaking in the First Russian Peacekeeping Separate Airborne Brigade
"I JUST WISH they would use some type of staff planning process; it would make everything so much easier," I voiced this frustration many times to my fellow U.S. liaison officers (LNOs) during my 4-month internship with the First Peacekeeping Russian...
Money and Security: Troops, Monetary Policy and West Germany's Relations with the United States and Britain, 1950-1971
Hubert Zimmerman, Cambridge University Press, New York, 2002, 275 pages, $45.00. Normally, monetary policy is not discussed in the same breath as military force structuring, but as Hubert Zimmerman, an Assistant Professor of International Relations...
Searching for Heroes
When the Russian submarine Kursk sank, could one man have saved the crew? According to Peter Maas, author of The Terrible Hours: The Man Behind the Greatest Submarine Rescue in History, the answer is "Yes!" (1) In August 2000, when the Kursk sank,...
Secrecy Wars: National Security, Privacy, and the Public's Right to Know
Philip H. Melanson, Brassey's Inc., Herndon, VA, 2001, 320 pages, $27.50. In Secrecy Wars: National Security, Privacy, and the Public's Right to Know, Philip H. Melanson explains how citizens can access executive-branch information by understanding...
Stars and Stripes across the Pacific: The United States, Japan and the Asia/Pacific Region, 1895-1945
William F. Nimmo, Praeger, New York, 2001, 289 pages, $65.95. In 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt said before Congress that December 7 is "a date that will live in infamy." Certainly all students of U.S. history, and in particular military...
Succession in Saudi Arabia
Joseph A. Kechichian, Palgrave Press, New York, 2001, 287 pages, $59.95. Joseph A. Kechichian, who has been an adviser for think-tanks and government agencies, is a prolific writer on the Middle East. His book, Succession in Saudi Arabia, is the...
Surrendering the Initiative? C2 on the Digitized Battlefield
The advantage which a commander thinks he can attain through continued personal intervention is largely illusory. By engaging in it he assumes a task that really belongs to others, whose effectiveness he thus destroys. He also multiplies his own tasks...
The 24th Infantry Regiment: The "Duece-Four" in Korea
African-Americans were not given the credit some individuals and units deserved for their service rendered in combat in Korea. --General Matthew B. Ridgeway (1) IN 1950, THE PEOPLE of the United States were recovering from the suffering and hardships...
The Age of Terror
Strobe Talbott and Nayan Chanda, eds., Basic Books, New York, 2001, 232 pages, $22,00. The Age of Terror is a series of essays that seek to explain how the events of 11 September 2001 occurred and to recommend potential actions for the future. What...
The Army and Embedded Media
SOME ARMY LEADERS believe that denying media access to military action is a mistake. General Wesley K. Clark, U.S. Army, Retired, now a military analyst, believes that as a result of the "Vietnam mentality" the military made an error by restricting...
The Case for a Joint Military Decisionmaking Process
FOLLOWING OPERATION Eagle Claw, the failed attempt to rescue U.S. Embassy hostages held by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard in 1980, Congress decided that the armed services would need help in overcoming the historic aversion to working together as...
Who's Who in World War One
J.M. Bourne, Routledge, New York, 2001, 316 pages, $29.95. Books like Who's Who in World War One usually reach only a "niche" audience. However, the narrow readership of such a book does not limit one's admiration of this fine reference. University...
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