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Articles from Vol. 97, No. 6, November-December

Adaptation and Innovation with an Urban Twist: Changes to Suicide Tactics in the Battle for Mosul
One of the growing trends cited by a 2017 National Intelligence Council report is the increased urbanization of the global population. (1) In an attempt to prepare the force for this future operating environment, the U.S. Army leadership is shifting...
Assessing the Value of Serving in an Army Service Component Command as a Broadening Assignment
Broadening (Institutional/Enterprise)--[infantry] officers experience diverse areas of responsibility. These are the assignments where the Army gains from the officer's experiences and returns him to the Institutional force to help build and train the...
Compelling Reasons for the Expansion of Chinese Military Forces
In March 2015, during the ongoing civil war in Yemen, the situation deteriorated as Saudi Arabia led air strikes against Houthi forces. In an unprecedented move, China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy fleet withdrew from an escort mission in the...
Contemporary Warfare and Current Issues for the Defense of the Country
Foreword In March 2017, Russian General Staff Chief Valery Gerasimov spoke on the topic "Contemporary Warfare and Current Issues for the Defense of the Country" at a conference held at the Academy of Military Sciences. This speech is presented here...
Enabling Brigade Combat Team Success in Europe: Lessons Learned
Russia's 2014 illegal occupation of Crimea, its invasion of eastern Ukraine, and its persistent provocations of its neighboring states suggest that it intends to permanently redefine national boundaries within Europe. (1) In response to this growing...
Epic Fail: Why Leaders Must Fail to Ultimately Succeed
When a reporter asked him how it felt to fail a thousand times, Thomas Edison replied, "I didn't fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps." (1) For Edison, failure was not just an option but a requirement for eventual success....
How the Army Ought to Write Requirements
The U.S. Army's recent history is replete with spectacular acquisition program failures. An incalculable number of meetings, symposia, working groups, and studies have been dedicated to "righting the wrongs" in Army acquisition. As the failure of Defense...
Integration of Cultural Property Protection into a Decisive Action Training Exercise
Since the rise of the Islamic State (IS) in 2014, its deliberate and discriminant campaign to stamp out non-Islamic cultural history by destroying ancient and culturally significant non-Islamic sites has captured the attention of the world. An effective...
Logistical Operations in Highly Lethal Environments
Amajor shock to leaders throughout NATO has been the reemergence of the potential for massed enemy fires not seen since the Eastern Front of World War II, foreshadowing the devastation that could be inflicted on organizations by enemies focused on...
Multi-Domain Battle: The Advent of Twenty-First Century War
This is the final article in a series discussing multi-domain battle through the lens of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command. This article discusses how the Army must adapt to meet the requirements for a future force operating in a multi-domain...
North Korea Policy: Changed Regime
The denuclearization of North Korea has been a failed policy objective of the United States and South Korea for twenty-five years. Missteps, hubris, and sophistry clutter past approaches to forestall a nuclear-armed North Korea, but they need not portend...
Response to Retired Lt. Col. Tim Thomas's "The Evolving Nature of Russia's Way of War"
(Military Review, July-August 2017) I've had the privilege of being able to talk to the author of "The Evolving Nature of Russia's Way of War" on multiple occasions. What I've learned from Mr. Thomas about Russian strategy interests me as a Latin...
Strykers on the Mechanized Battlefield
On a dusty morning in July 2015, a combined Stryker-Abrams battalion task force surged across the high desert of the National Training Center (NTC) at Fort Irwin, California, toward two mountain passes. The Strykers fell behind the tracked Abrams tanks...
The Pursuit of Power: Europe 1815-1914
Sir Richard Evans adds his considerable powers of analysis to this work, the seventh volume in The Penguin History of Europe, which spans ancient to modern Europe in a series of nine single editions. The author is a professor of history and president...
The Return of U.S. Army Field Manual 3-0, Operations
When the U.S. Army rescinded Field Manual (FM) 3-0, Operations, and published Army Doctrine Publication 3-0, Unified Land Operations, in 2011, the world was a different place. (1) The likelihood of large-scale ground combat against an enemy with peer...
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