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. 64, No. 3, Summer

A NEW CARRIER RACE? Strategy, Force Planning, and JS Hyuga
On 18March 2009 JS Hyuga (DDH 181) was commissioned and delivered to the JapanMaritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF). The unique characteristic of this ship is its aircraft-carrier-like design, with a "through" flight deck and an island on the starboard...
Brute: The Life of Victor Krulak, U.S. Marine
Coram, Robert. Brute: The Life of Victor Krulak, U.S. Marine. New York: Little, Brown, 2010. 374pp. $27.99Victor "Brute" Krulak is a legend within the U.S. Marine Corps. That may be a cliché, but it is true. This reviewer personally witnessed this phenomenon...
FROM THE SEA: PLA Doctrine and the Employment of Sea-Based Airpower
(ProQuest: ... denotes formulae omitted.)Aircraft carriers symbolize a country's overall strength. They are also the core of the navy's combined-arms sea operations. Building carriers has all along been a matter of concern for the Chinese people. To...
Legal Issues in the Struggle against Terror
Moore, John Norton, and Robert F. Turner, eds. Legal Issues in the Struggle against Terror. Durham, N.C.: Carolina Academic, 2010. 565pp. $70For the better part of the last ten years, the word "terrorism," in some shape or form, has become an integral...
President's Forum
This is the last President's Forum I will have the privilege of writing.IN MY PREVIOUS COLUMNS IN THIS JOURNAL I have made clear my view that the need for this school has never been greater. That has not changed; if anything, it has increased in this...
SIX AMAZING YEARS: RAGs, NATOPS, and More
In the early 1950s theU.S.Navy andMarine Corpswere suffering near-catastrophic accident rates. In 1954 alone the Navy/Marine Corps accident rate was almost fifty-five major mishaps per hundred thousand flight hours, meaning that 776 aircraft and 535...
Somalia, the New Barbary? Piracy and Islam in the Horn of Africa
Murphy, Martin N. Somalia, the New Barbary? Piracy and Islam in the Horn of Africa. New York: Columbia Univ. Press, 2011. 176pp. $26.50Within the sea services, allusion to the Barbary pirates and the "shores of Tripoli" continues to resonate. Readers...
The Battle for China: Essays on the Military History of the Sino-Japanese War of 1937-1945
Peattie, Mark, Edward Drea, and Hans van de Ven, eds. The Battle for China: Essays on the Military History of the Sino-Japanese War of 1937- 1945. Stanford, Calif.: Stanford Univ. Press, 2010. 614 pp. $65The title of this book appropriately suggests...
The Berlin-Baghdad Express: The Ottoman Empire and Germany's Bid for World Power, 1898-1918
McMeekin, Sean. The Berlin-Baghdad Express: The Ottoman Empire and Germany's Bid for World Power, 1898-1918. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard Univ. Press, 2010. 496pp. $29.95If ever there was a story of epic unintended consequences and "might have beens," Sean...
The Grand Design: Strategy and the U.S. Civil War
Stoker, Donald. The Grand Design: Strategy and the U.S. Civil War. New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 2010. 498pp. $27.95It is difficult to imagine historical ground that has been more thoroughly mined than that of the American Civil War. Biographies, battle...
THE GREAT GREEN FLEET: The U.S. Navy and Fossil-Fuel Alternatives
On 16 December 1907 President Teddy Roosevelt launched the deployment of sixteen brand-new, glistening white, steam-powered battleships on a fourteen-month circumnavigation of the globe.1 Later known as the "Great White Fleet," the armada demonstrated...
The Hemingway Patrols: Ernest Hemingway and His Hunt for U-Boats
Mort, Terry. The Hemingway Patrols: Ernest Hemingway and His Hunt for U-boats. New York: Scribner's, 2009. 272pp. $26The Battle of the Atlantic has been thoroughly researched and exhaustively studied, especially by students attending the Naval War College....
The Last Time We Were at "Global Zero"
Skeptics of a total elimination of nuclear weapons often point to a "prisoner's dilemma" situation thatmight emerge,where everyone suspects everyone else of cheating by secretly retaining or manufacturing atomic bombs. Advocates of "global zero" sometimes...
The "Other" Law of the Sea
The 1982 United Nations Law of the Sea Convention (UNCLOS) is, quite understandably, viewed bymany as the "be all, end all" statement and source of the law of the sea.Not only does the convention's name imply that it occupies the field, so to speak,...
Think Again: Security Issues for a New Century
THINK AGAIN: SECURITY ISSUES FOR A NEW CENTURY Reveron, Derek S., and Kathleen A. Mahoney-Norris. Human Security in a Borderless World. Boulder, Colo.: Westview, 2011. 255pp. $30The authors, professors in professional military education in the U.S. Navy...
Why Wargaming Works
Wargaming has a long history as an important tool for military training, education, and research.1 In its broader application to nonmilitary conflict situations (see, for example, the recent books Wargaming for Leaders and Business War Games), the technique...