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The evolution of joint warfare

The evolution of joint warfare – Joint Warfighting Williamson Murray Joint warfare is largely a phenomenon of the last century. Yet ever since the 17th century, as Western militaries developed into professional, disciplined institutions responsive to their rulers, many states have sought to project power abroad. Technology has increasingly shaped the conduct of war, forcing […]

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British intervention in Iraq, 1941

The other gulf war: British intervention in Iraq, 1941 Douglas Porch Iraqi Freedom offers not only a reprise of unfinished business from the Persian Gulf War, it is the third invasion of Iraq by Great Britain since independence in 1932. During World War II, Winston Churchill ordered his commander in chief, Middle East, General Sir […]

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Lessons of desert storm

Lessons of desert storm Barry R. McCaffrey Our memories of the Persian Gulf War include CNN images of antiaircraft tracers lighting the sky over Baghdad and smart bombs striking bridges and buildings. Americans recall the event as a stunning victory over a well-armed, brutal, but ultimately inept enemy achieved in a thousand hours. They believe […]

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Game plan – Doctrine

Game plan – Doctrine – Brief Article Joint Pub 3-0, Doctrine for Joint Operations, is the keystone volume in the joint operations series. It “provides guidance to joint force commanders and their subordinates for the direction, planning, execution, and support of campaigns and operations–in war and in military operations other than war (MOOTW).” The current […]

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Admiral William Morrow Fechteler Chief of Naval Operations – 1896-1967 – Of Chiefs And Chairmen

Admiral William Morrow Fechteler Chief of Naval Operations – 1896-1967 – Of Chiefs And Chairmen – Brief Article VITA Born in San Rafael, California; graduated from U.S. Naval Academy (1916); served on battleship USS Pennsylvania during World War I; assigned ashore and afloat in interwar years; operations office, Destroyer Command, Battle Forces, U.S. Fleet; commanded […]

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Revolutions in Military Affairs and the Evidence of History

Strategy for Chaos: Revolutions in Military Affairs and the Evidence of History Barry Watts Strategy for Chaos: Revolutions in Military Affairs and the Evidence of History. by Colin S. Gray London: Frank Cass, 2002 310 pp. $33.95 [ISBN: 0-714-65186-9] Strategy for Chaos by Colin S. Gray is an uneven work of good intentions. Its goal […]

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The Last Word? Essays on Official History in the United States and British Commonwealth

The Last Word? Essays on Official History in the United States and British Commonwealth James Jay Carafano The Las Word? Essays on Official History in the United States and British commonwealth Edited by Jeffrey Grey Westport, Connecticut: Praeger, 2003 177 pp. $69.95 [ISBN: 0-313-31083-1] The aim of The Last Word? Essays on Official History in […]

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Airpower in the Pacific: a case study in innovation

Airpower in the Pacific: a case study in innovation Thomas E. Griffith, Jr. Being ready for future wars depends on understanding two aspects of innovation. One is common and often considered: the impact of changes in doctrine, organization, and technology on innovation during peacetime. Equally important, however, is an awareness of the adaptations commanders must […]

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Information operations as a core competency

Information operations as a core competency Christopher J. Lamb The United States fields the most capable military the world has seen. Some are concerned that the Nation will settle into complacency and wait for the historic norm–for the high cost of military failure to stimulate change. Such repose would be inconsistent with the record of […]

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Indo-Paki dialectic – Letters – Brief Article

Indo-Paki dialectic – Letters – Brief Article – Letter to the Editor Kenneth R. Totty To the Editor–On the fate of Kashmir, what “history shows” as Rahul Pandit would have it in his response to my article, “Nuclear Proliferation on the Indian Subcontinent” (JFQ, Spring 2000), is that the facts are not compelling for either […]