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. 41, No. 4, Winter

Ancient Chinese Leaders on Trust
King Wei asked "How can I get my people to follow orders as an ordinary matter of course? Master Sun said "Be trustworthy as a matter of course. Sun Bin, The Lost Art of War, c. 350 BC, tr. Thomas Cleary Trust is a distinguished reward for warriors....
Ancient Chinese Warfare
Ancient Chinese Warfare by Ralph D. Sawyer New York: Basic Books, 2011 576 pages $39.95 [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Ancient Chinese Warfare is a useful book, but not one that fits the title, because it is not about ancient Chinese warfare....
A Strategy of Tactics: Population-Centric COIN and the Army
This article was first published in the Autumn 2009 issue of Parameters. Population-centric counterinsurgency (COIN) has become the American Army's new way of war. The principles and ideas that emerged out of the Army's counterinsurgency field manual...
Beyond Vom Kriege: The Character and Conduct of Modern War
This article was first published in the Summer 2005 issue of Parameters. "You may not be interested in war.., but war is interested in you." --Leon Trotsky It is the tragedy of history that man cannot free himself from war. Indeed, far more...
Carrying the War to the Enemy: American Operational Art to 1945
Carrying the War to the Enemy: American Operational Art to 1945 by Michael R. Matheny Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2011 320 pages $45.00 [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Michael Matheny, a retired Army Colonel and Military History Ph.D....
Chaos as Strategy
This article was first published in the Summer 2002 issue of Parameters. "A ghost is stalking the corridors of general staffs and defense departments all over the 'developed' world--the fear of military impotence, even irrelevance." --Martin...
Confronting Evils: Terrorism, Torture, Genocide
Confronting Evils: Terrorism, Torture, Genocide by Claudia Card New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010 329 pages $35.00 [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Most readers view challenges of terrorism, torture, and genocide from a prevention...
Conquered into Liberty: Two Centuries of Battles along the Great Warpath That Made the American Way of War
Conquered into Liberty: Two Centuries of Battles Along the Great Warpath that Made the American Way of War by Eliot A. Cohen New York: Free Press, 2011 375 pages $30.00 [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] This engaging new book by Eliot A. Cohen...
Exporting Security: International Engagement, Security Cooperation, and the Changing Face of the U.S. Military
Exporting Security: International Engagement, Security Cooperation, and the Changing Face of the U.S. Military by Derek Reveron Washington, D.C.: Georgetown Univ Press, 2010 208 pages $29.95 [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In October 2007, the...
Future Warfare and the Decline of Human Decisionmaking
This article was first published in the Winter 2001-02 issue of Parameters. To date, most warfare has taken place within what Robert J. Bunker terms "human space," meaning the traditional four-dimensional battlespace that is discernible to the human...
Hearts Touched by Fire: The Best of Battles and Leaders of the Civil War
Hearts Touched by Fire: The Best of Battles and Leaders of the Civil War Edited by Harold Holzer New York: Random House, 2011 1,264 pages $38.00 [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Originally conceived in 1883 by the editors of The Century magazine,...
Innovation, Transformation, and War: Counterinsurgency Operations in Anbar and Ninewa Provinces, Iraq, 2005-2007
Innovation, Transformation, and War: Counterinsurgency Operations in Anbar and Ninewa Provinces, Iraq, 2005-2007 by James A. Russell Stanford CA: Stanford Security Studies, 2011 288 pages $24.95 [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Innovation, Transformation,...
In Praise of Attrition
This article was firs published in the Summer 2004 issue of Parameters. "Who dares to call the child by its true name?" --Goethe, Faust In our military, the danger of accepting the traditional wisdom has become part of the traditional wisdom....
Integrating Civilian and Military Activities
This article was first published in the Spring 2010 issue of Parameters. Americans have a predilection for neat categories of activity and clear divisions of labor. One manifestation of this tendency is emphasis on a clear division between military...
In the Garden of the Beasts: Love, Terror and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin
In the Garden of the Beasts: Love, Terror and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin by Erik Larson New York: Crown, 2011 448 pages $26.00 [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Erik Larson, an experienced and highly successful writer, has done it again:...
In This Issue
The Parameters' staff is still basking in the overwhelming response to the 40th Anniversary edition of the journal. Accolades from around the globe have confirmed just how much readers appreciated the historical tour through the journal's past. As...
In Uncertain Times: American Foreign Policy after the Berlin Wall and 9/11
In Uncertain Times: American Foreign Policy after the Berlin Waft and 9/11 edited by Melvyn P. Leffler and Jeffrey W. Legro Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2011 243 pages $19.95 [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] As recounted by former Deputy...
Morality and War: Can War Be Just in the Twenty-First Century?
Morality and War: Can War Be Just in the Twenty-First Century? by David Fisher New York: Oxford University Press, 2011 303 pages $45.00 [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Now visiting Senior Fellow at King's College in London, David Fisher wrote...
Neo-Classical Counterinsurgency?
This article was first published in the Summer 2007 issue of Parameters. The newly issued Army/Marine counterinsurgency (COIN) manual has been met with well deserved acclaim. It is a product of our collective understanding of insurgency and ongoing...
New Challenges and Old Concepts: Understanding 21st Century Insurgency
This article was first published in the Winter 2007-08 issue of Parameters. From the 1960s to the 1980s stopping Communist-backed insurgents was an important part of American strategy, so counterinsurgency was an important mission for the US military,...
Off the Press
Betts, Richard K. American Force: Dangers, Delusions, and Dilemmas in National Security. New York: Columbia University Press, 2011. 384 pp. $29.50. Bonin, Richard. Arrows of the Night: Ahmad Chalabi's Long Journey to Triumph in Iraq. New York: Doubleday...
Soldiers of the State: Reconsidering American Civil-Military Relations
This article was first published in the Winter 2003-04 issue of Parameters. In American academe today the dominant view of civil-military relations is sternly critical of the military, asserting that civilian control of the military is dangerously...
The Bitter Waters of Medicine Creek
The Bitter Waters of Medicine Creek by Richard Kluger New York: Alfred A. Knoft, 2011 330 pages $28.95 [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Most readers of American history think of the 19th century Indian Wars taking place on either the Great...
The Need to Increase the Size of the Deployable Army
This article was first published in the Autumn 2004 issue of Parameters. After criticizing the Clinton Administration for and overdeploying and overusing the US military in the 1990s, the Bush Administration is now doing exactly the same thing--except...
The Shadow Market: How a Group of Wealthy Nations and Powerful Investors Secretly Dominate the World
The Shadow Market: How a Group of Wealthy Nations and Powerful Investors Se cretly Dominate the World by Eric J. Weiner New York: Scriber, 2010 304 pages $26.00 [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Since the mid-1990s, the global system has been...
The Vatican-Two Accounts
Absolute Monarchs: A History of the Papacy by John Julius Norwich New York: Random House, 2011 528 pages $30.00 [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The Pope's Soldiers: A Military History of the Modern Vatican by David Alvarez Lawrence:...
The War for Korea, 1950-1951: They Came from the North
The War for Korea, 1950-1951: They Came from the North by Allan R. Millett Lawrence: University of Kansas Press, 2010 644 pages $45.00 [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] To military historian and one-time US Marine officer Allan R. Millett, the...
Victorious Insurgencies: Four Rebellions That Shaped Our World
Victorious Insurgencies: Four Rebellions That Shaped Our World by Anthony James Joes Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2010 319 pages $400 [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A recent New Yorker cartoon has one front-office type telling...
What Not to Learn from Afghanistan
This article was first published in the Summer 2002 issue of Parameters. "For you all love the screw-guns--the screw guns they all love you! So when we take tea with a few guns, o'course you will know what to do--hoo! hoo! Jest send...
Why Nations Fight: Past and Future Motives for War
Why Nations Fight: Past and Future Motives For War by Richard Ned Lebow Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010 249 pages $29.99 [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The question Lebow poses in his title is perhaps the J. oldest and most vexing...