Naval War College Review

United States Navy publication that discusses public policy matters of interest to the maritime services. Articles serve as a arena for new ideas, opinions, and information both academic and professionally.

Articles from Vol. 57, No. 2, Spring

Absolutely American: Four Years at West Point
Lipsky, David. Absolutely American: Four Years at West Point. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 2003. 336pp. $25Steven Covey advises us to start with the end in mind, so here it is. If the reader knows of a young person who aspires to attend a college-level...
Actions Matter-Words Are of Little Consequence
ACTIONS MATTER-WORDS ARE OF LITTLE CONSEQUENCE Daalder, Ivo H., and James M. Lindsay. America Unbound: The Bush Revolution in Foreign Policy. Brookings Institution Press, 2003. 200pp. $22.95Three years of George W. Bush's presidency have dramatically...
A TALE OF TWO FLEETS: A Russian Perspective on the 1973 Naval Standoff in the Mediterranean
Slightly more than three decades have passed since the United States and the Soviet Union confronted the most severe maritime crisis of the Cold War. Occurring when the strategic focus of the U.S. Navy had been on the Vietnam War for several years, this...
Castles of Steel: Britain, Germany, and the Winning of the Great War at Sea
Massie, Robert K. Castles of Steel: Britain, Germany, and the Winning of the Great War at Sea. New York: Random House, 2003. 880pp. $35This work is the sequel to Pulitzer Prize-winning author Robert Massie's Dreadnought: Britain, Germany, and the Coming...
CHANGE AND CONTINUITY: The U.S. Coast Guard Today
Admiral Collins assumed the duties of Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard on 30 May 2002. Prior to becoming Commandant, he served as the Coast Guard's Vice Commandant, spearheading servicewide initiatives as the Coast Guard Acquisition Executive. From...
DEALING WITH RUSSIAN TACTICAL NUCLEAR WEAPONS: Cash for Kilotons
Nonstrategic nuclear weapons (NSNW) have posed serious military and political concerns for nearly two generations.1 While many security analysts and the general public assumed that this issue disappeared with the end of the Cold War and the collapse...
Dialogue Sustained: The Multilevel Peace Process and the Dartmouth Conference
Voorhees, James. Dialogue Sustained: The Multilevel Peace Process and the Dartmouth Conference. Washington, D.C.: United States Institute of Peace Press, 2002. 470pp. $24.95For over thirty years, the Dartmouth Conference has been a multifaceted arena...
Effects Based Operations: Applying Network-Centric Warfare in Peace, Crisis, and War
Smith, Edward A., Jr. Effects Based Operations: Applying Network-centric Warfare in Peace, Crisis, and War. Washington, D.C.: Department of Defense Command and Control Research Program, 2002. 545pp. $20"Effects-based operations [EBO] are coordinated...
From the Editors
NEW FROM THE NAVAL WAR COLLEGE PRESS: STRATEGIC SURPRISE?Strategic Surprise? U.S.-China Relations in the Early Twenty-first Century, edited by Jonathan D. Pollack, has just been issued by the Press. Dr. Pollack is director of the Strategic Research Department...
Greek Fire, Poison Arrows & Scorpion Bombs: Biological and Chemical Warfare in the Ancient World
Mayor, Adrienne. Greek Fire, Poison Arrows & Scorpion Bombs: Biological and Chemical Warfare in the Ancient World. New York: Overlook, 2003. 319pp. $27.95Adrienne Mayor's recent effort is a comprehensive review of the use of biological and chemical...
In My View
NO GUN RlMadame:Stephen F. Davis, Jr.'s review of No Gun Ri: A Military History of the Korean War Incident [Naval War College Review, Autumn 2003, pp. 177-78] gives undue credit to a clumsy pastiche of factual errors, baseless speculation, and contrived...
Nuclear Weapons and Indian Security/India's Maritime Security
Karnad, Bharat. Nuclear Weapons and Indian Security. New Delhi: Macmillan India, 2002. 724pp. Rs795Roy-Chaudhury, Rahul. India's Maritime Security. New Delhi: Knowledge World, 2000. 208pp. $42.64Analysts and observers interested in global security issues...
President's Forum
Study the past if you would define the future.CONFUCIUSIt is change, continuing change, inevitable change that is the dominant factor in society today. No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is,...
SPACE WEI QI: The Launch of Shenzhou V
Wei Qi is the favorite Chinese board game-chess with more than two hundred pieces rather than sixteen, allowing for significantly increased strategic complexity. When lieutenant Colonel Yang Liwei lifted off into space from China's Jiuquan launch site...
Stalin's Big-Fleet Program
The Party is in favor of small submarines with a short range. You can build three times as many submarines for your money as big ones. . . . but the actual problem lay in a quite different sphere. Big submarines mean a policy of aggression, to further...
The Iraq War: A Military History
Murray, Williamson, and Robert H. Scales, Jr. The Iraq War: A Military History. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard Univ. Press (Belknap), 2003. 312pp. $25The pairing of Professor Williamson Murray and retired Army major general Robert Scales, Jr., is a potent...
The Naval Historical Collection: Recent Acquisitions
The Naval War College Library's naval historical collection, located in Mahan Hall, is the depository for college archives, manuscript collections, and oral histories that document the history of the institution, naval warfare, and the presence of the...
There Is No Substitute for Prudence
THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE FOR PRUDENCE Lord, Carnes. The Modern Prince: What Leaders Need to Know Now. New Haven, Conn.: Yale Univ. Press, 2003. 304pp. $26In introducing his treatise to its princely addressee, Niccolo Machiavelli describes its contents...
The Submarine, 1776-1918
When, on 11 April 1900, the U.S. Navy bought the Holland, named for its designer, that little submarine joined a fleet consisting of two armored cruisers, six monitors, seven first and second-class battleships, and seventeen each of protected cruisers,...
The United States and Coercive Diplomacy
Art, Robert J., and Patrick M. Cronin, eds. The United States and Coercive Diplomacy. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Institute of Peace Press, 2003. 442pp. $19.95The threat of feree is an instrument of statecraft-an instrument that U.S. presidents have not been...
Transformation under Fire: Revolutionizing How America Fights
Macgregor, Douglas A. Transformation under Fire: Revolutionizing How America Fights. Westport, Conn.: Praeger, 2003. 320pp. $34.95This book provides an exceptional look at a complex subject-bringing the U.S. Army into the twenty-first century. Building...
When I Was a Young Man: A Memoir
Kerrey, Bob. When I Was a Young Man: A Memoir. New York: Harcourt, 2002. 270pp. $26Bob Kerrey's absorbing memoir tells the story of his coming of age in the Midwest and his loss of innocence in Vietnam, where he was grievously wounded. Congressional...
Yasir Arafat: A Political Biography
Rubin, Barry, and Judith Colp Rubin. Yasir Arafat: A Political Biography. New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 2003. 354pp. $27.50The Palestinian people would have been better off as citizens of Israel. That is a conclusion one can reach after digesting the...