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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. 36, No. 2, Summer

Beware of Boldness
At a counterterrorism conference in September 2004, then-Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Richard B. Myers stated that the key question senior officials needed to ask about their conduct of the Global War on Terrorism was, "Are we being...
Challenges in Fighting a Global Insurgency
"War is ... an act of force to compel our enemy to do our will."--Carl yon Clausewitz (1) The strategic nature of war has changed, and our military and government are striving to adapt to fight and win in this new environment. Today we are engaged...
Cyber-Mobilization: The New Levee En Masse
The means and ends of mass mobilization are changing, bypassing the traditional state-centered approach that was the hallmark of the French Revolution and leaving advanced Western democracies merely to react to the results. Today's dynamic social,...
Eisenhower's "Chance for Peace" Speech
On 16 April 1953, President Dwight Eisenhower delivered an extraordinary speech titled "The Chance for Peace." Weighing the tensions of the time, Ike spoke of a dark future and enumerated the real costs of expenditures on arms: In this spring...
From the Editor
In This Issue ... The war against terror and an ever-increasing irregular threat have committed the United States and its partners to what is generally known in the vernacular of the American national security bureaucracy as the Global War on...
Losing the Moral Compass: Torture and Guerre Revolutionnaire in the Algerian War
One of the keys to success in the US war on terror and counterinsurgency, in Iraq and around the world, is the ability to use intelligence to effectively target the adversary. Obtaining useful intelligence is one of the most important challenges...
Off the Press
Arn, Edward. Arn's War: Memoirs of a Worm War II Infantryman, 1940-1946. Akron, Ohio: Univ. of Akron Press, 2006. 270 pp. $32.95 ($19.95 paper). Aslund, Anders, and Michael McFaul, eds. Revolution in Orange: The Origins of Ukraine's Democratic...
Stability Operations in Strategic Perspective: A Skeptical View
Because this article is friendly to much of the content of the 2006 Quadrennial Defense Review Report (QDR), it will pull no punches in offering constructive criticism. (1) The subject of stability (and reconstruction) operations will be discussed...
Tentacles of Jihad: Targeting Transnational Support Networks
The 2006 Quadrennial Defense Review Report begins with a statement of strategic clarity: "The United States is a nation engaged in what will be a long war." (1) From the suburbs and cities of North America and Europe, to the deserts, jungles, and...
The Environment, the US Military, and Southern Africa
Since the 1960s, the environment has become a consistent theme in international political discourse, no longer solely the concern of small groups of activists but a mainstream issue. As environmental concerns have gone increasingly global, countries...
The Future of US Intelligence
The four books reviewed here address the future of US intelligence. However, each has a different focus. US Representative Curt Weldon, Vice Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, in his Countdown to Terror, states: "This book is an...
The Long Small War: Indigenous Forces for Counterinsurgency
"The [11] September attacks can be understood as the first battle in this new [epochal] war. If, as some historians argue, the twentieth century began in August 1914, it may be that the twenty-first century will be said to have begun in September...
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