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From the Editor


Reeder, Melanie R., Military Review


As this issue goes to press, the nation observes the first anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. This is clearly a time to pause, remember, and reflect on these tragic events in which more than 3,000 people died, including 343 firefighters and paramedics and 60 police officers. At the Pentagon, 184 died. Yet, the nation not only survived these attacks but carried the war to the very heart of the enemy. Despite the calamity of a year ago and the military successes that followed, the nation must focus on today and tomorrow.

The nation must not only win today's war against terror; it must also prepare for tomorrow's threats. The nation needs forces and capabilities that can adapt to unexpected and dynamic circumstances. To deter and defeat future adversaries, military professionals must set aside comfortable ways of thinking, planning, and fighting and, instead, devise innovative solutions. Military Review will be in the vanguard, bringing these innovations in doctrine and warfighting to military professionals.

In this issue, Military Review presents a section on battle command. In "Auftragstaktik and Innere Fuhrung: Trademarks of German Leadership," Major General Werner Widder, commanding general, Training and Doctrine Command, German Army, discusses the significance of mission orders to German military thought. Major General Russel L. Honore, in "Battle Command," discusses the significance of battle command to successful military operations. Lieutenant Colonel Marc LeGare's "Battle Command and Visualization" explores technology's role in exercising battle command. …

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