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. 54, No. 1, Winter

A New Structure for National Security Policy Planning
THE FUTURE OF NATIONAL SECURITY Cambone, Stephen A. A New Structure for National Security Policy Planning. Washington, D.C.: Center for Strategic and International Studies, 1998. 262pp. $23.95 Stephen Cambone is the director of research at the Institute...
China's Military Faces the Future
Lilley, James R., and David Shambaugh, eds. China's Military Faces the Future. New York: M. E. Sharpe, 1999. 356pp. $29.95 This collection of high-quality essays by some of the leading experts on the Chinese military is the product of the 1997 Seventh...
Fire in the East: The Rise of Asian Military Power and the Second Nuclear Age
Bracken, Paul. Fire in the East: The Rise of Asian Military Power and the Second Nuclear Age. New York: HarperCollins, 1999. 186pp. $25 The incorporation of Asia into the Western-dominated international system is critical for the United States. At present,...
In My View
COLD WAR GAMES Sir: I graduated from the Naval Command Course (NCC) at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, in 1965. On my return to India, I reported at Naval Headquarters New Delhi for an appointment at sea. As a matter of protocol...
MacArthur's War: Korea and the Undoing of an American Hero
Weintraub, Stanley. MacArthur's War: Korea and the Undoing of an American Hero. New York: Free Press, 2000. 385pp. $27.50 No figure of the Korean War looms quite so large as General of the Army Douglas MacArthur, simultaneously brilliant, arrogant, inscrutable,...
Military Experimentation: Time to Get Serious
In January 1929, the U.S. Navy undertook a major exercise known as Fleet Problem IX, part of a series of exercises conducted by the service between the two world wars. Despite the isolationist mood of America at the time, compounded by tight budgets...
Most Secret and Confidential: Intelligence in the Age of Nelson
Maffeo, Steven E. Most Secret and Confidential: Intelligence in the Age of Nelson. Annapolis, Md.: Naval Institute Press, 2000. 355pp. $32.95 In Most Secret and Confidential, Steven Maffeo has written an exceptional study of how intelligence was collected...
Naval Strategy in Northeast Asia: Geostrategic Goals, Policies and Prospects
Kim, Duk-ki. Naval Strategy in Northeast Asia: Geostrategic Goals, Policies and Prospects. Portland, Ore.: Frank Cass, 2000. 261pp. $57.50 The growing economic, strategic, and cultural importance of Asia calls for a U.S. foreign policy attuned to the...
Network-Centric Warfare: What's the Point?
What is network-centric warfare? What's the point? Many attempts to answer these questions emphasize the "network" and the new technologies used to create more effective sensor and communications architectures. These architectures, it is argued, will...
President's Forum
This issue's President's Forum is based on remarks by Vice Admiral Cebrowski to the "Required Naval Capabilities" panel of the College's Current Strategy Forum, convened 13-15 June 2000 with the theme, "The Future of U. S. Naval Forces in the Pacific...
Set and Drift: Leadership Strategy
Winston Churchill once said that most strategic failures in war are due to the "total absence of one directing mind and commanding willpower." During World War II, Churchill was determined to be that one directing mind, taking for himself a new cabinet...
Set and Drift: Naval Force in the New Century
It is 1890.1 The United States is flexing its broad, young shoulders, strengthened by an infusion of new immigrants, new technologies, and by American political leadership that represents the growing nation's outward-looking perspective. The United States...
Sir John Fisher's Naval Revolution
Lambert, Nicholas. Sir John Fisher's Naval Revolution. Columbia: Univ. of South Carolina Press, 1999. 364pp. $39.95 This is a very good book and a very important one. Nicholas Lambert has followed in the path of Jon Sumida's In Defense of Naval Supremacy...
Strategic Traditions for the Asia-Pacific Region
What are strategic traditions? Why should we be concerned with them when we think about American strategic behavior in the Asia-Pacific region? Why should we not concentrate on the material factors, the "hard" data that will determine what nations will...
Strategic Trends: Asia at a Crossroads
The areas of maximum danger and instability in the world today are in Asia, followed by the Middle East and parts of the former Soviet Union. The strategic situation in Asia is more uncertain and potentially threatening than anywhere in Europe. Unlike...
Technological Change and the Future of Warfare
O'Hanlon, Michael. Technological Change and the Future of Warfare. Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution Press, 2000. 208pp. $42.95 Over the past several years, the U.S. military has officially embraced the idea that rapidly evolving technologies soon...
The Confederate Naval Buildup: Could More Have Been Accomplished?
The Union navy's control of the American waters was a decisive element in the outcome of the Civil War. The Federal government's naval superiority allowed it to project power along thousands of miles of coastline and rivers, subsist large armies in Virginia,...
The GI Generation and the Vietnam War
REVIEW ESSAY Kaiser, David. American Tragedy: Kennedy, Johnson, and the Origins of the Vietnam War. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard Univ. Press, 2000. 566pp. $29.95 Twenty-five years after the fall of Saigon, it seems doubtful that historians will ever achieve...
The Maritime Basis of American Security in East Asia
American policy toward East Asia must be based on an understanding of how the region's strategic geography bears on the interests of the United States as the dominant maritime power. The western Pacific has resumed its role as the focus of world economic...
The Nuclear Turning Point: A Blueprint for Deep Cuts and Dealerting of Nuclear Weapons
Feiveson, Harold A., ed., The Nuclear Turning Point: A Blueprint for Deep Cuts and Dealerting of Nuclear Weapons. Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution Press, 1999. 460 pp. $52.95 Ah, ecstasy! A benign world for the next two decades. Power politics...
The Political Influence of Naval Force in History
Cable, James. The Political Influence of Naval Force in History. New York: St. Martin's, 1998. 213pp. $59.95 Sir James Cable is a noted writer on naval affairs. His Gunboat Diplomacy, 1919-1991 is a well regarded classic on the role of naval force. His...
The Postmodern Military: Armed Forces after the Cold War
Moskos, Charles C., John Allen Williams, and David R. Segal, eds. The Postmodern Military: Armed Forces after the Cold War. New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 2000. 286pp. $45 Ask a soldier or military analyst to describe the "postmodern military," and you...
The Second Nuclear Age
Gray, Colin S., The Second Nuclear Age. Boulder, Colo.: Lynne Rienner, 1999. 193pp. $45 Readers of Colin Gray's earlier works will not be disappointed by this new book, nor will his critics be surprised by his conclusions. Gray argues that the end of...
Transformation and the Navy's Tough Choices Ahead: What Are the Options for Policy Makers?
After a decade of making painful choices and implementing wrenching changes, it now seems that policy makers face another set of potentially far-reaching decisions concerning the future of the Navy. These new decisions, which are driven in large part...