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Articles from Vol. 94, No. 4, July-August

After Leaning to One Side: China and Its Allies in the Cold War
AFTER LEANING TO ONE SIDE: China and Its Allies in the Cold War Zhihua Shen and Danhui Li, Woodrow Wilson Center and Stanford University Press, Washington DC, 2011, 331 pages, $60.00 As the Cold War recedes into history, researchers have growing...
A General Who Will Fight: The Leadership of Ulysses S. Grant
A GENERAL WHO WILL FIGHT: The Leadership of Ulysses S. Grant Harry S. Laver, University Press of Kentucky, Lexington, 2013, 189 pages, $32.50 In Charles Portis 1968 novel, a man of "True Grit" is brought to life; grit being defined as having...
Allied Master Strategists: The Combined Chiefs of Staff in World War II
ALLIED MASTER STRATEGISTS: The Combined Chiefs of Staff in World War II David Rigby, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD, 2012, 270 pages, $29.95 Multinational coalition warfare is not a new concept for the United States. In fact, every major...
America's Frontier Wars: Lessons for Asymmetric Conflicts Congressman Ike Skelton
In July 1755, Major General Edward Braddock, commander in chief of all British forces in North America and a 45-year career soldier, was killed along with 900 of his men by a smaller French and Indian force. On his way to capture Fort Duquesne, Pennsylvania,...
Anti-Access Warfare: Countering A2/AD Strategies
ANTI-ACCESS WARFARE: Countering A2/AD Strategies Sam J. Tangredi, U.S. Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD, 2013, 308 pages, $35.91 For strategic landpower advocates concerned over the current AirSea Battle debate, this book is an essential...
Army Experimentation: Developing the Army of the Future-Army 2020
The Chief of Staff of the Army (CSA) directed the effort to redesign the Army of 2020 in response to increasingly constrained resources and changes in defense strategy. As the Army begins to reduce its active force from 570,000 to 490,000 or less,...
Before the Quagmire: American Intervention in Laos 1954-1961
BEFORE THE QUAGMIRE: American Intervention in Laos 1954-1961 William J. Rust, University Press of Kentucky, Lexington, 2012, 323 pages, $40.00. If you want a new idea, read an old book. Similarly, if you seek new ideas on current and future foreign...
Blowtorch: Robert Komer, Vietnam, and American Cold War Strategy
BLOWTORCH: Robert Komer, Vietnam, and American Cold War Strategy Frank Leith Jones, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD, 2013, 416 pages, $52.95 Only rare individuals can effectively balance ends, ways, means, and risk into a coherent design...
Breach of Trust: How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country
BREACH OF TRUST: How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country Andrew J. Bacevich, Metropolitan Books, New York, 2013, 238 pages, $26.00 Andrew Bacevich's Breach of Trust is a must read for policymakers, military professionals, and the...
Cadets in Strategic Landpower: Managing the Talent We Need
The emerging concept of strategic landpower refers to the application of landpower toward achieving overarching national or multinational security objectives. (1) The Army is developing its approach to employing landpower as a globally responsive and...
Cartels at War: Mexico's Drug-Fueled Violence and the Threat to U.S. National Security
CARTELS AT WAR: Mexico's Drug-Fueled Violence and the Threat to U.S. National Security Paul Rexton Kan, Potomac Books, Dulles, VA, 2012, 192 pages, $29.95 Cartels at War is must-read for professionals needing to understand the crisis emerging...
Cavalry of the American Revolution
CAVALRY OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION Edited by Jim Piecuch, Westholme Publishing, LLC, Yardley, PA, 2012, 281 pages, $29.95 Jim Piecuch's Cavalry of the American Revolution is a fascinating collection of nine essays that visits the introduction...
Defining Force 2025
As the Army of 2020 takes shape, it is clear that looming budget and personnel cuts mean the Army will have to do more with less. Investment in science and technology can help overcome the limitations, but the breakthroughs needed are 10 to 30 years...
Enduring Battle: American Soldiers in Three Wars
ENDURING BATTLE: American Soldiers in Three Wars, 1776-1945 Christopher H. Hamner, University of Kansas Press, Lawrence, 2012, 281 pages, $29.95 Christopher Hamner's Enduring Battle: American Soldiers in Three Wars, 1776-1945 tackles the age-old...
Forging Napoleon's Grande Armee: Motivation, Military Culture, and Masculinity in the French Army
FORGING NAPOLEON'S GRANDE ARMEE: Motivation, Military Culture, and Masculinity in the French Army, 1800-1808 Michael J. Hughes, New York University Press, New York, 2012, 284 pages, $50.00 Michael Hughes' Forging Napoleon's Grande Armee examines...
GIs in Germany: The Social, Economic, Cultural, and Political History of the American Military Presence
GIs IN GERMANY: The Social, Economic, Cultural, and Political History of the American Military Presence Eds. Thomas Maulucci and Detleff Junker, Cambridge University Press, New York, 378 pages, $89.10 Is in Germany is a compilation of 15 essays...
Hurtling toward Failure: Complexity in Army Operations
For years, soldiers, military researchers, theorists, and writers have discussed the need for the Army's planning and decision-making models to account for complexity. Army doctrine on operational art, for instance, incorporates creative ways to manage...
Kiev 1941: Hitler's Battle for Supremacy in the East
KIEV 1941: Hitler's Battle for Supremacy in the East David Stahel, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2012, 468 pages, $35.00 Judged by its scale, the Battle of Kiev was the Wehrmacht's greatest victory. By encircling Stalin's forces in the...
Logics of War: Explanations for Limited and Unlimited Conflicts
LOGICS OF WAR: Explanations for Limited and Unlimited Conflicts Alex Weisiger, Cornell University Press, Ithaca, NY, 2013, 288 pages, $45.00 Logics of War uses bargaining models to explain the intensity and duration of interstate conflicts. Its...
MacArthurin Asia: The General and His Staff in the Philippines, Japan, and Korea
MACARTHUR IN ASIA: The General and His Staff in the Philippines, Japan, and Korea Hiroshi Masuda, Cornell University Press, Ithaca, NY, 2012, 320 pages, $35.00 Originally published in Japanese, this book focuses on two themes. First is a study...
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We are excited to share this edition of Military Review, dedicated to strategic landpower. This concept will be at the forefront of military operations as the nation continues moving forward into this century. Included is an article co-written by former...
No Turning Point: The Saratoga Campaign in Perspective
NO TURNING POINT: The Saratoga Campaign in Perspective Theodore Corbett, University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, 2012, 416 pages, $39.95 The battles of Saratoga were crucial turning points in the War of American Independence. The rebel victory...
On Strategic Understanding: Teaching Strategy from the Ground Up
Not everyone supports junior officer strategic education. Typical arguments in opposition appear to be based on expediency: * Keep junior officer education focused on tactics since that is what they will do after graduation anyway. * There is...
Qatar: A Modern History
QATAR: A Modern History Allen J. Fromherz, Georgetown University Press, Washington, DC, 2012, 204 pages, $29.95 Few would challenge Allen Fromherz's contention that the tiny state of Qatar is "able to pack a punch far beyond its weight." With...
Rape in Wartime
Rape in Wartime Edited by Raphaelle Branche and Fabrice Virgili, Palgrave Macmillan, New York, 2012, 237 pages, $90 (Hardback) The editors of Rape in Wartime and I share the inability to give their impressive collection of essays on this topic...
Ruckzug: The German Retreat from France, 1944
RUCKZUG: The German Retreat from France, 1944 Joachim Ludewig, University Press of Kentucky, Lexington, 2013, 504 pages, $40.00 You failed to execute your decisive operation, you are outnumbered by more than 16 to 1, you can move only at night...
Stalin's General: The Life of Georgy Zhukov
STALIN'S GENERAL: The Life of Georgy Zhukov Geoffrey Roberts, Random House, New York, 2012, 375 pages, $30.00 Prominent historian Geoffrey Roberts' book, Stalin's General: The Life of Georgy Zhukov, focuses on the Soviet Union during World War...
Strategic Leadership for Strategic Landpower: Make Explicit That Which Is Implicit, and Do What Your Boss Needs You to Do
We would like to share 12 principles of strategic leadership based on our personal experience. We believe their application can support the success of leaders and organizations as the Army works through the strategic application of landpower in its...
Strike Warfare in the 21st Century: An Introduction to Non-Nuclear Attack by Air and Sea
STRIKE WARFARE IN THE 21ST CENTURY: An Introduction to Non-Nuclear Attack by Air and Sea Dale E. Knutsen, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD, 2012, 198 pages, $27.95 Everyday citizens who would simply like to know more about the basics are...
Sustaining the Army National Guard as an Operational Force
The Army National Guard (ARNG) rightfully champions its designation as an operational force. For ten years the ARNG has continuously deployed operational units all over the world using the Army force generation (ARFORGEN) rotational cycle. The desire,...
The Blood of Free Men: The Liberation of Paris, 1944
THE BLOOD OF FREE MEN: The Liberation of Paris, 1944 Michael Neiberg, Basic Books, New York, 2012, 368 pages, $28.99 Many of the accounts of the liberation of Paris are a part of an agreed-upon myth about the Nazi occupation of France, the conduct...
The Defense Entrepreneurs Forum: Developing a Culture of Innovation
When you combine a culture of discipline with an ethic of entrepreneurship, you get the magical alchemy of great performance. --Jim Collins, Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap ... and Others Don't On a chilly afternoon in October...
The Dragon Extends Its Reach: Chinese Military Power Goes Global
THE DRAGON EXTENDS ITS REACH: Chinese Military Power Goes Global Larry M. Wortzel, Potomac Books, Washington DC, 2013, 230 pages, $29.95 The Dragon Extends its Reach--the title suggests that China's military modernization is going strong--and...
The Last Battle: When U.S. and German Soldiers Joined Forces in the Waning Hours of World War II in Europe
THE LAST BATTLE: When U.S. and German Soldiers Joined Forces in the Waning Hours of World War II in Europe Stephen Harding, Da Capo Press, Boston, MA, 2013, 173 pages, $25.99 The Last Battle is the story of a little known battle that took place...
The Last Full Measure: How Soldiers Die in Battle
THE LAST FULL MEASURE: How Soldiers Die in Battle Michael Stephenson, Crown Publishers, New York, 2012, 464 pages, $28.00 In The Last Full Measure, author Michael Stephenson analyzes a topic that is central to warfare but seldom discussed: how...
The Rise of Al Jazeera: The Need for Greater Engagement by the U.S. Department of Defense
In January 2007, I traveled with then Maj. Gen. William B. Caldwell, IV, chief military spokesperson for Multi-National Force-Iraq, to the Al Jazeera Media Network headquarters in Doha, Qatar. At that time, the Iraq government had forced closure of...
The Rocky Road to the Great War: The Evolution of Trench Warfare to 1914
THE ROCKY ROAD TO THE GREAT WAR: The Evolution of Trench Warfare to 1914 Nicholas Murray, Washington, Potomac Books, 2013, 320 pages, $27.96 Nicholas Murray examines the "theory and practice of trench warfare" to help readers understand how the...
Through the Perilous Fight: Six Weeks That Saved the Nation
THROUGH THE PERILOUS FIGHT: Six Weeks That Saved the Nation Steve Vogel, Random House, New York, 2013, 522 pages, $30.00 In the course of celebrations of its bicentennial, America's war of 1812 (which dragged into 1815) is getting some warranted...
War as Political Work: Using Social Science for Strategic Success
War is not just about defeating the enemy. War is about creating social and political order when past systems of order have disintegrated or been broken down intentionally by the use of military force. Good military strategy demands that the role of...
You Are Fired
You may not see it coming, but usually few are surprised when a senior leader does his duty by relieving a subordinate leader who committed unacceptable personal behavior or who publicly failed in leadership and management. The firing probably is done...
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