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Articles from Vol. 96, No. 2, March-April

Always Faithful, Always Forward: The Forging of a Special Operations Marine
ALWAYS FAITHFUL, ALWAYS FORWARD: The Forging of a Special Operations Marine Dick Couch, Berkley Books, New York, 2014, 352 pages For those familiar with Dick Couch's writing, the subject of his most recent work, Always Faithful, Always Forward,...
America and World War I: A Travelers Guide
AMERICA AND WORLD WAR I: A Travelers Guide Mark D. Van Ells, Interlink Publishing Group, Inc., Northampton, Massachusetts, 2015, 432 pages Mark Van Ells's America and World War I: A Traveler's Guide is an excellent book that skillfully executes...
Americans at War in Foreign Forces: A History, 1914-1945
AMERICANS AT WAR IN FOREIGN FORCES: A History, 1914-1945 Chris Dickon, McFarland & Company, Jefferson, North Carolina, 2014, 234 pages Chris Dickon is an Emmy Award-winning public broadcasting producer and self-described researcher of "lesser-known...
Appomattox: The Last Days of Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia
APPOMATTOX: The Last Days of Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia Michael E. Haskew, Zenith Press, Minneapolis, 2015, 256 pages The Army of Northern Virginia (ANV) could be called the heart and soul of the entire Confederate Army during...
A Trust-Based Culture Shift: Rethinking the Army Leadership Requirements Model in the Era of Mission Command
In January 2015, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College (CGSC) hosted a lecture by bestselling author Ori Brafman. At this lecture, Brafman discussed agile leadership with an audience of eleven hundred military field grade officers. Prior...
A Very Principled Boy: The Life of Duncan Lee, Red Spy and Cold Warrior
A VERY PRINCIPLED BOY: The Life of Duncan Lee, Red Spy and Cold Warrior Mark A. Bradley, Basic Books, New York, 384 pages Petraeus, Cartwright, Sterling, Kiriakou, Manning, Snowden--these are military and civilian officials who, admittedly, reportedly,...
Beheading, Raping, and Burning: How the Islamic State Justifies Its Actions
No one attentive to world events can fail to be aware of the grisly acts of terror being perpetrated by Islamic State (IS): beheadings, rapes, drownings, shootings, burning a pilot alive, blowing up prisoners trapped in a car, and even involving child...
Biases of the Incumbents: What If We Were Integrating Men into a Women's Army?
Audie Murphy was too short and too light to join the U.S. Navy or the Marine Corps, but when the Army gave him an opportunity to serve, he went on to become our most decorated soldier. Military entrance standards clearly fail to predict some remarkable...
Building a High-Performing Unit: An Army Battalion's Leadership Journey in Preparation for Combat in Afghanistan
Investing in people pays dividends for a lifetime. --Kevin McAninch Leadership is a core Army function and a unifying element in mission accomplishment. Therefore, creating a unique and challenging leadership development program to grow subordinate...
Civil-Military Engagement Program: Enhancing the Mission of Regionally Engaged Army Forces
Insurgents, transnational terrorists, criminal organizations, nation states, and their proxies exploit gaps in policy developed for the more predictable world of yesterday. The direct approach alone ultimately only buys time and space for the indirect...
Clouds or Clocks: The Limitations of Intelligence Preparation of the Battlefield in a Complex World
At the heart of the new U.S. Army Operating Concept: Win in a Complex World 2020-2040 (AOC) is "complexity" The AOC defines a complex environment as one "that is not only unknown, but unknowable and constantly changing." (1) Globalization and advances...
Combat-Ready Kitchen: How the U.S. Military Shapes the Way You Eat
COMBAT-READY KITCHEN: How the U.S. Military Shapes the Way You Eat Anastacia Marx de Salcedo, Penguin Random House, New York, 2015, 294 pages This book examines the impact of the feeding of the military--how it has translated into feeding our...
Counterinsurgency: What the United States Learned in Vietnam, Chose to Forget, and Needs to Know Today
David Donovan, McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, Jefferson, North Carolina, 2015, 224 pages From the title of this book, one could be forgiven for thinking that it was published when the situation in Iraq was devolving into insurgency in...
Creating Kosovo: International Oversight and the Making of Ethical Institutions
CREATING KOSOVO: International Oversight and the Making of Ethical Institutions Elton Skendaj, Cornell University Press, New York, 2014, 248 pages Kosovo remains an experiment in progress seventeen years after the Rambouillet Accords and the...
Crucible of Command: Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee-The War They Fought, the Peace They Forged
CRUCIBLE OF COMMAND: Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee--The War They Fought, the Peace They Forged William C. Davis, Da Capo Press, Boston, 2015, 686 pages Historian William C. Davis has written an excellent dual biography of two men who shaped...
GETTING MORE: How You Can Negotiate to Succeed in Work and Life
GETTING MORE: How You Can Negotiate to Succeed in Work and Life Stuart Diamond, Three Rivers Press, New York, 2012, 416 pages Every reader who wants to learn how to get more of what he or she personally values, from improved stability in an Afghan...
Greetings!
I am pleased to announce the 2016 General William E. DePuy Special Topics Writing Competition. The theme of this year's competition is "Educating the Force: What is the right balance between training and education?" With the tremendous success we had...
Host-Nation Cybersecurity in Future Stability Operations
Cyberspace is now fundamental to the governance, economic growth, and social lives of populations within developed and developing countries. In addition, cyberspace capabilities have proven indispensable for relief efforts in disaster and conflict...
How about Winning Our Nation's Wars Instead of Just Participating in Them?
It has been over eighteen months since the Islamic State (IS) captured the northern Iraqi city of Mosul in June 2014, and it has now expanded well beyond its initial bases in Iraq and Syria. It currently claims that numerous provinces of other states...
How Daesh Uses Language in the Domain of Religion
Jihadis can't seem to get enough anashid [devotional songs, often with ideological themes]. They listen to them in their dorms and in their cars, sing them in training camps and in the trenches, and discuss them on Twitter and Facebook. --Thomas...
I'm Faded
In February 2015, Leonard Wong and Stephen Gerras published Lying to Ourselves: Dishonesty in the Army Profession. (1) This study portrayed an Army that purports to value honesty, but the leaders of which have sacrificed their integrity in order to...
Legend: A Harrowing Story from the Vietnam War of One Green Beret's Heroic Mission to Rescue a Special Forces Team Caught Behind Enemy Lines
LEGEND: A Harrowing Story from the Vietnam War of One Green Beret's Heroic Mission to Rescue a Special Forces Team Caught Behind Enemy Lines Eric Blehm, Crown Publishers, New York, 2015, 304 pages Legend is a concise biography of retired U.S....
Medal of Honor: Afghanistan
Capt. Florent A. Groberg, U.S. Army, retired, was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Barack Obama during a ceremony held 12 November 2015 at the White House. Groberg received the military's highest award for valor for his actions on 8 August 2012...
Mission Creep: The Militarization of U.S. Foreign Policy?
MISSION CREEP: The Militarization of U.S. Foreign Policy? Gordon Adams and Shoon Murray, eds., Georgetown University Press, Washington, DC, 2014, 303 pages In the chapter "An Introduction to Mission Creep" editors Gordon Adams and Shoon Murray...
Moving beyond the MBTI: The Big Five and Leader Development
In the recent past, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) has been the staple of self-awareness for Army leaders (and often their spouses) across the entire spectrum of professional military education ranging from the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy...
On Convergence, Emergence, and Complexity
There are many truths, some valid for one, some for another. Things are not what they seem ... It is a lesson we must learn and relearn because we keep searching for certainty and certainty does not exist. --Harrison Salisbury We are inextricably...
SHAPING U.S. MILITARY LAW: Governing a Constitutional Military
SHAPING U.S. MILITARY LAW: Governing a Constitutional Military Joshua E. Kastenberg, Ashgate Publishing Limited, Burlington, Vermont, 2014, 257 pages Shaping U.S. Military Law: Governing a Constitutional Military is a comprehensive study of the...
The Army Civilian Corps: Professionals in the Making
In a 2015 Military Review article, author Robert Hynes argues that civilians in the Army, by definition, do not technically meet the requirements to be considered professionals in the Army. (1) His thought-provoking article highlights questions that...
The French Army and the First World War
THE FRENCH ARMY AND THE FIRST WORLD WAR Elizabeth Greenhalgh, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom, 2014, 468 pages In the size of France's fielded forces, the scale of its industrial output, and the vastness of the price it...
The Great Call-Up: The Guard, the Border, and the Mexican Revolution
THE GREAT CALL-UP: The Guard, the Border, and the Mexican Revolution Charles H. Harris III and Louis R. Sadler, University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, Oklahoma, 2015, 576 pages Remembrance of the federal mobilization of the National Guard for...
The Myth of the New Complexity
The world has always been an uncertain, complicated place. The so-called "foreseeable future" is not foreseeable at all, nor has it ever been. Yet, in recent years, collective voices in the U.S. political and military communities have claimed that...
The New Cyberwar: Technology and the Redefinition of Warfare
THE NEW CYBERWAR: Technology and the Redefinition of Warfare Dennis F. Poindexter, McFarland & Company, Jefferson, North Carolina, 2015, 221 pages Dennis Poindexter, a former faculty member of the Defense Security Institute and member of...
The Ottoman Endgame: War, Revolution, and the Making of the Modern Middle East, 1908-1923
THE OTTOMAN ENDGAME: War, Revolution, and the Making of the Modern Middle East, 1908-1923 Sean McMeekin, Penguin Press, New York, 2015, 550 pages The Ottoman Endgame by Sean McMeekin opens dramatically with the coronation of the last independent...
The Role of the Reserve Component as an Operational Reserve
[The Nation must] ensure the right mix of operationally ready and responsive Total Army forces and capabilities to rapidly meet emergent global combatant command requirements while maintaining an operational and strategic landpower reserve. --Gen....
THE RUSSIAN ARMY IN THE GREAT WAR: The Eastern Front, 1914-1917
THE RUSSIAN ARMY IN THE GREAT WAR: The Eastern Front, 1914-1917 David R. Stone, University Press of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, 2015, 368 pages The centenary of the First World War has been met with a flood of commemorative scholarship and events,...
The Use of the Reconnaissance Squadron during Joint Forcible Entry
Arguably, there is no greater commitment of U.S. military resources than an invasion of a sovereign country. Known as joint forcible entry, this type of operation aims to "seize and hold lodgments against armed opposition." (1) A lodgment may be a...
Thinking beyond Boundaries: Transnational Challenges to U.S. Foreign Policy
THINKING BEYOND BOUNDARIES: Transnational Challenges to U.S. Foreign Policy Hugh Liebert, John Griswold, and Isaiah Wilson III, eds., Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, 2015, 256 pages Thinking Beyond Boundaries: Transnational Challenges...
UNMAKING THE BOMB: A Fissile Material Approach to Nuclear Disarmament and Nonproliferation
UNMAKING THE BOMB: A Fissile Material Approach to Nuclear Disarmament and Nonproliferation Harold A. Feiveson, Alexander Glaser, Zia Mian, and Frank N. von Hippel, MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2014, 296 pages Ad bellum pace parati: Prepared...
Waging War, Planning Peace: U.S. Noncombat Operations and Major Wars
WAGING WAR, PLANNING PEACE: U.S. Noncombat Operations and Major Wars Aaron Rapport, Cornell University Press, Ithaca, New York, 2015, 280 pages Aaron Rapport, a lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Cambridge,...
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