Military Review

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Articles from Vol. 96, No. 4, July/August

20th CBRNE Command: Organizing, Training, and Resourcing for Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives Operations
In April 1980, a U.S. military operation of utmost strategic importance spectacularly failed before the entire world, bringing embarrassment to the United States, unease to our allies, and celebration to our adversaries. Eight Americans died without...
A CHRISTMAS FAR FROM HOME: An Epic Tale of Courage and Survival during the Korean War
A CHRISTMAS FAR FROM HOME An Epic Tale of Courage and Survival During the Korean War Stanley Weintraub, Da Capo Press, Boston, 2014, 261 pagesBombs, artillery, rifles, and blood characterized the Christmas of 1950. That holiday season for soldiers and...
AMERICA'S MODERN WARS: Understanding Iraq, Afghanistan and Vietnam
AMERICA'S MODERN WARS Understanding Iraq, Afghanistan and Vietnam Christopher A. Lawrence, Casemate Publishers, Havertown, Pennsylvania, 2015, 376 pagesAnalyzing the outcomes of historical events can assist leaders in their future decision-making processes....
AVENUE OF SPIES: A True Story of Terror, Espionage, and One American Family's Heroic Resistance in Nazi-Occupied Paris
AVENUE OF SPIES A True Story of Terror, Espionage, and One American Family's Heroic Resistance in Nazi-Occupied Paris Alex Kershaw, Crown Publishers, New York, 2015, 320 pagesAlex Kershaw's biographical novel about an American physician in German-occupied...
BARRIERS TO BIOWEAPONS: The Challenges of Expertise and Organization for Weapons Development
BARRIERS TO BIOWEAPONS The Challenges of Expertise and Organization for Weapons Development Sonia Ben Ouagrham-Gormley, Cornell University Press, Ithaca, New York, 2014, 240 pagesPresident Bill Clinton reportedly read Richard Preston's The Cobra Event,...
BOSWORTH 1485: The Battle That Transformed England
BOSWORTH 1485 The Battle that Transformed England Michael K. Jones, Pegasus Books, New York and London, 2015, 256 pagesRegardless of who created the aphorism "history is written by the victor," nothing could be closer to the truth than in the case of...
CHOOSING COURAGE: Inspiring Stories of What It Means to Be a Hero
CHOOSING COURAGE Inspiring Stories of What it Means to be a Hero Peter Collier, Artisan, New York, 2015, 240 pagesIn Choosing Courage, Peter Collier takes the reader on an educational and emotional journey by highlighting soldiers who received the highest...
Colombia and the War-to-Peace Transition: Cautionary Lessons from Other Cases
In 1948, Colombia entered a period of civil war from which it has never fully emerged. Since 1964, a key contributor to the violence has been the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC). Although...
Commanding General of the [Brazilian] Army Denies Possibility of Military Intervention
Editor's Note: Until fairly recently, one of the historic recurring features of many countries in Latin America has been the tendency for the military to seize power and establish military dictatorships during periods of perceived instability and unrest,...
COUNTERINSURGENCY AND THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS: Volume 1, the First Counterinsurgency Era, 1899-1945
COUNTERINSURGENCY AND THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS Volume 1, The First Counterinsurgency Era, 1899-1945 Leo J. Daugherty III, MacFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, Jefferson, North Carolina, 2015, 412 pagesThis work appears to be "straight history,"...
COWARDICE: A Brief History
COWARDICE A Brief History Chris Walsh, Princeton University Press, Princeton, New Jersey, 2014, 304 pagesOn 10 August 1943, Lt. Gen. George S. Patton met Pvt. Paul G. Bennett while visiting soldiers in an evacuation hospital in Sicily. When Patton inquired...
Cyberspace Situational Understanding for Tactical Army Commanders: The Army Is Swinging for the Fence, but It Just Needs a Single
I never blame myself when I'm not hitting. I just blame the bat, and if it keeps up, I change bats.1-Yogi BerraWhen developing capabilities, the Army could use a little of Yogi Berra's paradoxical wisdom that quickly gets to the heart of almost any matter....
Everything I Never Wanted to Learn about the Network and Where We Might Go from Here
While establishing a communications network for an exercise at the Maneuver Center of Excellence on Fort Benning, Georgia, I had to roll up my sleeves, bite the bullet, and learn more than I, or most of my maneuver brethren, would ever care to learn...
FALL OF THE DOUBLE EAGLE: The Battle for Galicia and the Demise of Austria-Hungary
FALL OF THE DOUBLE EAGLE The Battle for Galicia and the Demise of Austria-Hungary John R. Schindler, Potomac Books, Lincoln, Nebraska, 2015, 360 pagesThe recent World War I centennial has resulted in a flood of new histories. Though most of this scholarship...
FATAL RIVALRY: Flodden, 1513: Henry VIII, James IV and the Battle for Renaissance Britain
FATAL RIVALRY Flodden, 1513: Henry VIII, James IV and the Battle for Renaissance Britain George Goodwin, W.W. Norton & Company, New York, 2013, 320 pagesThe Battle of Flodden is the next strategic-level event to mark a functional shift in the balance...
Foreign Language and History: The Enlightened Study of War
The greatest leaders must be educated broadly.-Maj. Gen. George H. Olmsted, U.S. ArmyThirty-eight years ago, as a combat-seasoned captain of infantry, and a recent Olmsted scholar fluent in Spanish, I was counseled by a revered senior officer distinguished...
GRANT UNDER FIRE: An Exposé of Generalship & Character in the American Civil War
GRANT UNDER FIRE An Exposé of Generalship & Character in the American Civil War Joseph A. Rose, Alderhanna Publishing, New York, 2015, 816 pagesGrant Under Fire is a stinging critique of Lt. Gen. Ulysses Grant's character and the historical records...
Greetings!
As the deputy director of The Army Press, I have the great pleasure of serving as the interim editor in chief of Military Review and am privileged to provide our readers with this issue's preface.First, a heartfelt thanks to Col. Anna FriederichMaggard...
HIROHITO'S WAR: The Pacific War 1941-1945
HIROHITO'S WAR The Pacific War 1941-1945 Francis Pike, Bloomsbury Publishing Company, New York, 2015, 1,184 pagesThe Japanese Empire reached its peak by June 1942. In just ten years, Japan achieved a remarkable expansion of its empire from 243,500 square...
Islam and Nazi Germany's War
ISLAM AND NAZI GERMANY'S WAR David Motadel, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2014, 512 pagesIslam and Nazi Germany's War is a well-written survey of Nazi attempts to compensate for military manpower shortages in World War II by seeking...
Leading and Managing High-Performing Army Organizations
Everyone wants to be a part of a high-performing organization. The difference is clear the moment you join one. People are motivated and purposeful, pride and morale are high, and things of importance are being effectively accomplished. High-performing...
NATO Special Operations Forces, Counterterrorism, and the Resurgence of Terrorism in Europe
The rise of violent extremism and the recent terrorist attacks show we are dealing with a qualitatively new challenge.-NATO Secretary General Jens StoltenbergThe Islamic State (IS) has expanded into the realm of international terrorism, with the downing...
Professional Case for Force Management
There is an unglamorous side of the Army ... which requires your personal attention-that of managing the Army.-Secretary of the Army Frank Pace, 1952Officers arrive at the Command and General Staff Officer Course (CGSOC) with years of great operational...
Reinventing the Wheel: Operational Lessons Learned by the 101st Division Artillery during Two Warfighter Exercises
The U.S. Army reactivated active component division artillery (DIVARTY) units in 2014 after a ten-year hiatus. Although the DIVARTY is not a new organizational structure, its latest incarnation comes at a period when critical operational-level fires...
SPAIN: The Centre of the World, 1519-1682
SPAIN The Centre of the World, 1519-1682 Robert Goodwin, Bloomsbury Press, New York, 2015, 608 pagesRobert Goodwin presents the reader with an intimate portrait of Spain during its Golden Age in which he more or less successfully weaves the separate...
SPRING 1865: The Closing Campaigns of the Civil War
SPRING 1865 The Closing Campaigns of the Civil War Perry D. Jamieson, University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln, Nebraska, 2015, 320 pagesApproximately sixty thousand books have been written about the American Civil War, so it is often difficult for authors...
Sustainable Readiness and Regional Alignment of Forces
The concept of regionally aligned forces (RAF) offers both challenges and opportunities for U.S. Army units at all levels. Perhaps most pressing among the challenges is the need to balance deployment mission requirements with the imperative to sustain...
Tactical Utility of Tailored Systems
We have to avoid million-dollar solutions to hundred dollar problems. That doesn't put us at any advantage. That puts us at an economic disadvantage at the strategic level.-Gen. David G. Perkins, TRADOC commanding generalThe Army has traditionally been...
THE AIR FORCE WAY OF WAR: U.S. Tactics and Training after Vietnam
THE AIR FORCE WAY OF WAR U.S. Tactics and Training after Vietnam Brian Laslie, University Press of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, 2015, 260 pagesThe U.S. Air Force in recent decades has created a new conversation about the role of airpower in conflict,...
The Ashgate Research Companion to the Korean War
THE ASHGATE RESEARCH COMPANION TO THE KOREAN WAR Donald W. Boose, Edited by James I. Matray, Ashgate Publishing Company, Burlington, Vermont, 2014, 494 pages"The wrong war, at the wrong place, at the wrong time, and with the wrong enemy," said Chairman...
The Danger of Delusions-And How to Prevent Them from Causing Conflict: A Perspective on China
In 2015, I had the opportunity to host a senior Chinese officer during his visit to the United States. During our time together, he continually expressed that the United States should have respect for China, and that it should not pursue a policy of...
THE EVOLUTION OF CYBER WAR: International Norms for Emerging-Technology Weapons
THE EVOLUTION OF CYBER WAR International Norms for EmergingTechnology Weapons Brian M. Mazanec, Potomac Books, Lincoln, Nebraska, 2015, 352 pagesThis book looks at the development of norms for cyber war: what should be fair game and what is not? How...
THE GREAT DIVIDE: The Conflict between Washington and Jefferson That Defined a Nation
THE GREAT DIVIDE The Conflict Between Washington and Jefferson That Defined a Nation Thomas Fleming, Da Capo Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2015, 410 pagesIdealistic, naïve, and hypocritical are among the gentler terms used by well-regarded and prolific...
The Mud of Verdun: Falkenhayn and the Future of American Landpower
On 21 February 1916 one of the most cataclys mic battles in the history of warfare began near the ancient fortress city of Verdun. The battle lasted nearly a year and in the one hundred square miles of contested terrain, there were approximately eight...
The Other Space Race: Eisenhower and the Quest for Aerospace Security
The Other Space Race Eisenhower and the Quest for Aerospace Security Nicholas Michael Sambaluk, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, Maryland, 2015, 316 pagesThe Other Space Race is fascinating look at the early years (1954-1961) of the celebrated "Space...
The Relevance of Culture: Recognizing the Importance of Innovation in Cyberspace Operations
At the October 2015 Association of the United States Army annual meeting and exposition in Washington, D.C., Army Captains Brent Chapman, Matt Hutchinson, and Erick Waage demonstrated a "cyber rifle" tool they developed in ten hours using $150 in spare...
THE SEARCH FOR THE JAPANESE FLEET: USS Nautilus and the Battle of Midway
THE SEARCH FOR THE JAPANESE FLEET USS Nautilus and the Battle of Midway David W. Jourdan, Potomac Books, Lincoln, Nebraska, 2015, 424 pagesIn The Search for the Japanese Fleet: USS Nautilus and the Battle of Midway, David W. Jourdan writes on the pivotal...
THEY WERE HEROES: A Sergeant Major's Tribute to the Combat Marines of Iraq and Afghanistan
THEY WERE HEROES A Sergeant Major's Tribute to the Combat Marines of Iraq and Afghanistan Sgt. Maj. David K. Devaney, U.S. Marine Corps, Retired, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, Maryland, 2015, 296 pagesDo we as a nation show our appreciation and properly...
TO HELL AND BACK: Europe 1914-1949
TO HELL AND BACK Europe 1914-1949 Ian Kershaw, Viking, New York, 2015, 624 pagesEminent British historian Sir Ian Kershaw lends his considerable skills to To Hell and Back: Europe 1914-1949, the eighth installment of The Penguin History of Europe, which...
WATERLOO: The Aftermath
WATERLOO The Aftermath Paul O'Keeffe, The Overlook Press, New York, New York, 2015, 400 pagesPaul O'Keeffe's Waterloo: The Aftermath is eminently readable narrative history, and an ideal companion to further study the end of Napoleon's empire. The author,...
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