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. 53, No. 2, Spring

After the Trenches: The Transformation of U.S. Amy Doctrine, 1918-1939
Odom, William O. After the Trenches: The Transformation of U.S. Army Doctrine, 1918-1939. College Station: Texas A&M Press, 1999. 296pp. $44.95 How well an army prepares for war largely determines the military ef fectiveness of that force in future...
Alaska and the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service 1867-1915
Strobridge, Truman R., and Dennis L. Noble. Alaska and the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service 1867-1915. Annapolis, Md.: Naval Institute Press, 1999. 223pp. $34.95 Heretofore, little has been written about the activity of the United States in governing the...
Argentina, a New U.S. Non-NATO Ally: Significance and Expectations
LIKE MANY OTHER SURPRISING CHANGES taking place at the end of the twentieth century, the emergence of Argentina as a formal ally of the United States attracted the attention of the world. How could the United States shift so decisively its policy toward...
Commanders Winn and Knowles: Winning the U-Boat War with Intelligence, 1939-1943
Kohnen, David. Commanders Winn and Knowles: Winning the U boat War with Intelligence, 1939-1943. Krakow, Poland: Enigma Press, 1999 (available in the United States from Classical Crypto Books, Londonderry, N.H.) 168pp. %20 Since its public revelation...
Conferate Admiral: The Life and Wars of Franklin Buchanan
Symonds, Craig L. Confederate Admiral: The Life and Wars of Franklin Buchanan. Annapolis, Md.: Naval Institute Press,1999. 274pp. $32.95 This stirring biography of a crusty old Navy commander and southern hero is the first in seventy years, and it fills...
Deciding on Military Intervention: What Is the Role of Senior Military Leaders?
DELIBERATIONS ON THE POSSIBLE USE OF FORCE have usually failed to provide U.S. leaders with the information and advice necessary to make informed decisions. In Korea, Vietnam, the Dominican Republic, Panama, and Kosovo, among other interventions, decision...
Don't Techno for an Answer: The False Promise of Information Warfare
Adams, James. The Next World War: Computers Are the Weapon and the Frontline Is Everywhere. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1998. 288pp. $25 Arquilla, John, and David Ronfeldt, eds. In Athena's Camp: Preparing for Conflict in the Information Age. Santa...
Guadalcanal: A Reevaluation
Grace, James W. The Naval Battle of Guadalcanal: Night Action 13 November 1942. Annapolis, Md.: Naval Institute Press, 1999. 234pp. $32.95 WHEN I ATTENDED THE NAVAL ACADEMY, rooms in Bancroft Hall were named after Medal of Honor recipients, to inspire...
Gyrene: The World War II United States Marine
Jones, Wilbur D., Jr. Gyrene: The World War II United States Marine. Shippensburg, Penna.: White Mane, 1998. 322pp. $29.95 Anyone who expects to lead Marines in combat will find reading Gyrene, despite its faults, a useful exercise. This is a history...
Hunters in the Shallows: A History of the PT Boat / Boats at War: World War II to Vietnam / the Sea Hawks with the PT Boats at War: A Memoir
Nelson, Curtis L. Hunters in the Shallows: A History of the PT Boat. Washington, D.C.: Brassey's, 1998. 242pp. $28.95 Polmar, Norman, and Samuel Loring Morison. PT Boats at War: World War 11 to Vietnam. Osceola, Wis.: MBI Publishing, 1999. 160pp. $19.95...
In My View
The Naval Battle of Yeon Pyung, the West Sea Sir: As a 1985 graduate of the Naval War College, I was pleased to read in the Winter 1999 issue of the Naval War College Review an excellent analysis of the naval situation in Northeast Asia by Lt. Cdr. (also...
Managing Conflict in the Former Soviet Union: Russian and American Perspectives
Arbatov, Alexei, et al., eds. Managing Conflict in the Former Soviet Union: Russian and American Perspectives. Cambridge, Mass.: MTT Press, 1997. 556pp. $25 This edited collection of essays is part of the International Security Studies series from the...
Merchant Marine Days: My Life in World War II
Lee, David LaMont. Merchant Marine Days: My Life in World War II. Charleston, S.C.: Narwhal Press, 1998. 178pp. $19.98 David Lee's autobiography of his service in the American merchant marine is a gem. Lee is gifted with near-perfect recall of events...
Modern Stragegy
Gray, Colin S. Modern Strategy. New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 1999. 400pp. $29.95 Does strategy, or the study of strategy, still matter? Colin Gray, professor of strategic studies at the University of Hull in the United Kingdom, shows that it does. Neither...
Navy 2001: Back to the Future
FOR THE FOURTH TIME IN A HUNDRED YEARS, the United States is in an interwar period. However, unlike the days of Nazi Germany, imperial Japan, or the Soviet Union, there is no single clear and present danger to the security of the United States. Even...
Negotiated Joint Command Relationships: Korean War Amphibious Operations, 1950
BETWEEN THE NORTH KOREAN INVASION of South Korea at 0400 on 25 June 1950 and New Year's of 1951, U.S. forces successfully conducted four major amphibious operations in support of the United Nations: Pohang-Dong, Inchon, Wonsan-Iwon, and Hungnam-Wonsan-Songjin-Inchon-Chinnampo....
Network Centric Warfare: Developing and Leveraging Information Superiority
Alberts, David S., john J. Garstka, and Frederick P. Stein. Network Centric Warfare: Developing and Leveraging Information Superiority. Washington, D.C.: C4ISR Cooperative Research Program, 1999. 256pp. (no price given) This work is the latest attempt...
President's Forum
The need for transformation-driven by the changing geostrategic environment, advancing technological opportunities, cost trends, and guidance from the joint Chiefs of Staff-is undeniable, but the strategy for transformation is just now beginning to receive...
Rolling Thunder
Rendall, Ivan. Rolling Thunder. New York: Free Press,1997. 336pp. $26 Many books have been published describing air combat from a variety of different angles, and it is rare for one to add much to the genre. Rolling Thunder, by former Royal Air Force...
The First World War
Keegan, John. The First World War. New York: Knopf, 1999. 475pp. $35 "The First World War was a tragic and unnecessary conflict." With those sad words, john Keegan opens his history of that war to end all wars, from which came such grief. Much has been...
The Military Response to Terrorism
OVER THE PAST THIRTY YEARS, INTERNATIONAL state-sponsored terrorism has emerged as a concern for the United States. Although the number of terrorist acts varies from year to year, even during periods of minimal activity terrorism remains a frequent topic...
The Once and Future Security Council
Russets, Bruce, ed. The Once and Future Security Council. New York: St. Martin's, 1997. 179pp. $ 39.95 Bruce Russett of Yale University is best known for his signal work on the democratic-peace theory. He is the editor of this concise book on the nuts...
The Politics of Extravagance: The Aircraft Nuclear Propulsion Project
HOW DID THE U.S. NAVY GET INVOLVED in a ponderous, pricey, and ultimately pathetic effort to achieve nuclear-powered flight? The Navy was the post-World War II leader in supporting research for technological innovations intended to strengthen U.S. military...
The Principles of War for the Information Age
Leonhard, Robert R. The Principles of War for the Information Age. Novato, Calif.: Presidio Press, 1998. 287pp. $29.95 Robert R. Leonhard is an activeduty Army officer who is clearly well versed in Army doctrine. His previous works include Fighting by...
Warmaking and American Democracy: The Struggle over Military Strategy, 1700 to the Present
Pearlman, Michael D. Warmaking and American Democracy: The Struggle over Military Strategy, 1700 to the Present. Lawrence: Univ. of Kansas, 1999. 393pp. $45 Warmaking-the pursuit of political objectives by military meansineluctably involves trade-offs...