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. 38, No. 4, Winter

Amphibious Assault: Manoeuvre from the Sea
Amphibious Assault: Manoeuvre from the Sea. Edited by Tristan T. Lovering. Suffolk, U.K.: Seafarer Books, 2007. 520 pages. $62.65 (paper). This lavishly illustrated and attractive book is a collection of case studies of amphibious assaults spanning...
Binding the Nation: National Service in America
The United States has been at war for more than seven years, and the end to its struggle against religious extremism is nowhere in sight. Thus far the majority of the campaign has been waged by the military. With the prolonged counterinsurgencies in...
China's War on Terrorism: Counter-Insurgency, Polities, and Internal Security
China's War on Terrorism: Counter-insurgency, Polities, and Internal Security. By Martin I. Wayne. New York: Routledge, 2008. 196 pages. $140.00. Many images seized the world's attention last summer at the Beijing Olympics. The spectacular opening...
COIN in the Real World
The nations most likely to be affected by insurgencies, those without extensive resources, refined organization, or a responsible political environment, need a more realistic counterinsurgency (COIN) strategy than that articulated in classic and contemporary...
Crafting Strategy in an Age of Transition
The United States is at a transition point nearly unparalleled in its history. Years of war abroad have severely strained America's military, and the ongoing economic crisis will force ever-greater constraints on all forms of discretionary spending....
Editor's Shelf
Our friends at Routledge publications have provided readers with a new series on Strategy and History, edited by two of Parameters' stalwarts, Colin Gray and Williamson Murray. The series focuses on the theory and practice of strategy. It is designed...
Fighting the War on Terror: A Counterinsurgency Strategy
Fighting the War on Terror: A Counterinsurgency Strategy. By James S. Corum. St. Paul, Minn.: Zenith Press, 2007. 267 pages. $25.95. Fighting the War on Terror: A Counterinsurgency Strategy essentially offers a primer for those atypical military...
General William E. DePuy: Preparing the Army for Modern War
General William E. DePuy: Preparing the Army for Modern War. By Henry G. Gole. Lexington: The University Press of Kentucky, 2008. 364 pages. $35.00. Henry Gole's biography of General William DePuy accomplishes two valuable functions. First, it tells...
Georgia's Cyber Left Hook
"In the very near future, many conflicts will not take place on the open field of battle, but rather in spaces on the Internet, fought with the aid of information soldiers.... This means that a small force of hackers is stronger than the multi-thousand...
In This Issue
As we usher in a new year we begin a new era in America's defense and policy arenas. With the seating of President Obama and his administration the American people are certain to witness change in the manner in which their nation's leadership directs...
Napoleon's Enfant Terrible: General Dominique Vandamme
Napoleon's Enfant Terrible: General Dominique Vandamme. By John G. Gallaher. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2008. 362 pages. $34.95. It is not often that an author truly owes a debt of gratitude to the graphic artist who designed the book...
Nexus: Strategic Communications and American Security in World War I
Nexus: Strategic Communications and American Security in World War I. By Jonathan Reed Winkler. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2008. 280 pages. $55.00. The Department of Defense defines strategic communication as "focused United States...
Nothing Less Than Full Victory: Americans at War in Europe, 1944-1945
Nothing Less Than Full Victory: Americans at War in Europe, 1944-1945. By Edward G. Miller. Annapolis, Md.: Naval Institute Press, 2007. 346 pages. $32.95. Taking a prominent line from General Dwight D. Eisenhower's 6 June 1944 D-Day message to...
Off the Press
Anderson, Donald, ed. When War Becomes Personal: Soldiers' Accounts from the Civil War to Iraq. Iowa City: Univ. of Iowa Press, 2008. 258 pp. $22.00 (paper). Bacevieh, Andrew J. The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism. New York:...
Preserving Infrastructure: A 21st Century Challenge
As the United States marked the seventh anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and the fifth anniversary of the creation of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), one of the most urgent tasks remained the continued protection of the nation's critical...
Reconsidering Afghanistan: Time for an "Azimuth Check"
For some time now, our trajectory and strategy in Afghanistan have been flat. We are not losing, and we are not winning. We find ourselves in an operational stalemate where progress on governance, reconstruction, and economic development--the core...
Terrorism, Government, and Law: National Authority and Local Autonomy in the War on Terror
Terrorism, Government, and Law: National Authority and Local Autonomy in the War on Terror. Edited by Susan N. Herman and Paul Finkelman. Westport, Conn.: Praeger Security International, 2008. 219 pages. $75.00. A book on this subject would have...
The 21st Century Security Environment and the Future of War
Some commentators and observers of international affairs--including the author--claim to have a unified theory of strategy, a unified theory of war, and a cunningly connected meta-narrative for the twenty-first century, indeed for all of history. They...
The Anzio Campaign
Long after the liberation of Italy by the Allies in World War II, questions concerning the merits of conducting the Italian campaign linger. As correspondent Ernie Pyle wrote in Brave Men, "There was some exhilaration in Italy, and some fun along with...
The Long War: A New History of U.S. National Security Policy since World War II
The Long War: A New History of U.S. National Security Policy since World War II. Edited by Andrew J. Bacevich. New York: Columbia University Press, 2007. 608 pages. $75.00. After a successful career as an Army cavalry officer, Andrew Bacevich turned...
The Tet Offensive: A Concise History
The Tet Offensive: A Concise History. By James H. Willbanks. New York: Columbia University Press, 2007. 272 pages. $29.50. James Willbanks, a retired Army officer and military historian, is Director of the Department of Military History at the US...
The Training Ground: Grant, Lee, Sherman, and Davis in the Mexican War, 1846-1848
The Training Ground: Grant, Lee, Sherman, and Davis in the Mexican War, 1846-1848. By Martin Dugard. New York: Little, Brown, and Company, 2008. 446 pages. $29.99. Generations of West Point plebes have memorized General Winfield Scott's encomium...
Torture: When the Unthinkable Is Morally Permissible
Torture: When the Unthinkable Is Morally Permissible. By Mirko Bagaric and Julie Clarke. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2007. 114 pages. $53.50 ($17.95 paper). This slim volume is essentially an extended commentary that builds on a...
United States-Iranian Relations: The Terrorism Challenge
With more than 70 million people, the Islamic Republic of Iran is one of the most populous countries in the Middle East. In addition to this large and talented human-resource pool, Iran possesses a variety of natural resources, most notably hydrocarbon...
Why Nuclear Disarmament Matters
Why Nuclear Disarmament Matters. By Hans Blix. Cambridge, Mass.: The MIT Press, 2008. 95 pages. $14.95. This compact book is written by someone with impeccable credentials; the author served from 2000 to 2003 as the head of the United Nations Monitoring,...
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