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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. 34, No. 2, Summer

Back to the Street without Joy: Counterinsurgency Lessons from Vietnam and Other Small Wars
"The deplorable experience in Vietnam overshadows American thinking about guerrilla insurgency." --Anthony James Joes (1) "Fools say they learn from experience; I prefer to learn from the experience of others." --Otto von Bismark (2) 'n...
Editor's Shelf
There was a time when the next war began where the last war left off. Historians admonished us to be cognizant of how wars ended so we might be prepared for what was to come. The threats that our nation faces today are as distinct and remote from that...
First Great Triumph: How Five Americans Made Their Country a World Power
First Great Triumph: How Five Americans Made Their Country a World Power. By Warren Zimmermann. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2002. 562 pages. $30.00. Reviewed by Lance Betros, Department of History, US Military Academy. Anyone familiar...
From the Army Leadership
President Bush told us that this war will be unlike any other in our Nation's history. He was right. After our initial expeditionary responses and successful major combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, those operations have become protracted campaigns...
From the Editor
In This Issue ... Miyamoto Musashi counseled over 300 years ago that "strategy is the craft of the warrior." Today, the United States Army finds itself engaged globally in volatile, uncertain, and complex environments. To manage these challenges,...
Gettysburg
Gettysburg. By Stephen W. Sears. Houghton Mifflin, 2003. 544 pages. $30.00. Reviewed by Colonel Len Fullenkamp, USA Ret., Professor of Military History and Strategy, US Army War College. When the subject of Gettysburg is discussed, the question...
In Praise of Attrition
"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. Despite our lip service to creativity and innovation, we rarely pause to...
Off the Press
Armstrong, Charles K. The North Korean Revolution: 1945-1950. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell Univ. Press, 2004. 265 pp. $19.95 (paper). Atkinson, Rick. In the Company of Soldiers: A Chronicle of Combat. New York: Henry Holt, 2002. 320 pp. $25.00. Barenblatt,...
Overreliance on Technology in Warfare: The Yom Kippur War as a Case Study
Modern military journals are replete with articles claiming that recent advancements in technology constitute a Revolution in Military Affairs (RMA). The authors of these articles claim that innovations in weapon systems-for example, the development...
Past Its Prime? the Future of the US-Japan Alliance
Early on the morning of 31 March 2003, a five-man medical team from Japan--the sole Japanese contingent on the ground near Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom--was ordered by Tokyo to pack up and move back to Damascus to avoid potential harm. (1) In...
Serving a Nation at War: A Campaign Quality Army with Joint and Expeditionary Capabilities
"The first, the supreme, the most far-reaching act of judgment that the statesman and commander have to make is to establish.., the kind of war on which they are embarking; neither mistaking it for, nor trying to turn it into, something that it is...
The Army's Dilemma
Given its performance in Operation Iraqi Freedom, the Army's stock should be at an all-time high. It carried out a bold plan that was both operationally and logistically challenging against a larger if unmotivated force. It routed the Iraqi army and...
The Death of Disarmament in Russia?
"You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink." --Anonymous With growing confidence, analysts and policymakers have referred to "the death of arms control," the Cold War industry that produced landmark agreements intended to curb...
The Franco-Prussian War: The German Conquest of France in 1870-1871
The Franco-Prussian War: The German Conquest of France in 1870-1871. By Geoffrey Wawro. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2003. 327 pages. $35.00. Reviewed by Dr. Eugenia C. Kiesling, Professor of History, US Military Academy. For 40 years,...
The New Chinese Empire: And What It Means for the United States
The New Chinese Empire: And What it Means for the United States. By Ross Terrill. New York: Basic Books, 2003. 432 pages. $30.00. Reviewed by Richard Halloran, formerly with The New York Times as a foreign correspondent in Asia and military correspondent...
The War on Terrorism: The Big Picture
"Today, we lack metrics to know if we are winning or losing the global war on terror. Are we capturing, killing, or deterring and dissuading more terrorists every day than the madrassas and the radical clerics are recruiting, training, and deploying...
Tread-Heads or Technophiles? Army Officer Attitudes toward Transformation
The Army has committed itself to the most dramatic change of any of the US military services. In October 1999 General Eric K. Shinseki, then the Army Chief of Staff, announced a goal of reconfiguring the Army from a force mainly composed of heavy formations...
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