Parameters

Military affairs and international relations journal. Official publication of the Dept. of the Army for Army War College graduates and civilians concerned with national defense.

Articles from Vol. 39, No. 1, Spring

Deterrence in the Israeli-Iranian Strategic Standoff
One of the central concerns of current US foreign policy is that Iran will develop a nuclear weapons capability which it could use to threaten the security of other regional states. This fear exists despite the declassification of a 2007 US National...
Enhancing the Footprint: Stakeholders in Afghan Reconstruction
"As Afghanistan is so clearly demonstrating, one reconstructs during conflict and stabilization, not after it. Reconstruction is in many ways the essential process that bridges conflict and stabilization." (1) The necessities of reconstruction have...
Off the Press
Adamy, David L. EW 103: Tactical Battlefield Communications Electronic Warfare. Norwood, Mass.: Artech House, 2009. 336 pp. $109.00. Ainspan, Nathan D., and Walter E. Penk, eds. Returning Wars' Wounded, Injured, and Ill: A Reference Handbook.Westport,...
Responsibility and Proportionality in State and Nonstate Wars
People get killed in wars. Soldiers get killed, as do civilians--not only when they are deliberately targeted but also when they are trapped in a combat zone or happen to be in the immediate vicinity of a bunker or munitions factory under attack, or...
Russia's Conventional Armed Forces and the Georgian War
Russia's rapid military victory over Georgia in August 2008 surprised any commentators, since it stood in stark contrast to the manner in which Russian forces had once become bogged down in a protracted conflict in Chechnya. On the other hand, the...
The End of Proportionality
The 2006 Israel-Lebanon war generated the first large-scale and systemic references to a heretofore mostly ignored law of war concept, the doctrine of proportionality. Occasional references to proportionality are found in accounts of the Iraq War and...
The Military Roots of Civilian Sayings
Many popular expressions used in politics, business, fashion, and other arenas have their origins in the military arts. Take a look at the source of these sayings frequently used in conversations among civilians. By the numbers: How the Union Army...
Winning in Afghanistan
Seven years into the US-led effort to bring peace and stability to Afghanistan, the mission is on the verge of failing. This unsettling new reality is the result of key international and Afghan actors having for years pursued a narrow strategy focused...