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Billy Mitchell. . – book review

Billy Mitchell. . – book review Dr. Douglas V. Johnson, II Billy Mitchell. By James J. Cooke. Boulder, Cob.: Lynne Reinner Publishers, 2002. 305 pages. $49.95. I have never been a fan of Billy Mitchell. Most previous biographies have reinforced my distaste, although the adoring style has generally been more the cause than the actual […]

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Transnational terrorism and the al Qaeda model: Confronting new realities

Transnational terrorism and the al Qaeda model: Confronting new realities Paul J. Smith On 6 January 1995, Philippine authorities responded to a fire that had started in room 603 of the Dona Josefa apartment complex in downtown Manila. Although firefighters quickly contained the blaze, which they first attributed to a simple cooking fire, they soon […]

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Technology and the Yom Kippur War

Technology and the Yom Kippur War Scott Padgett To the Editor: With regard to Robert S. Bolia’s article, “Overreliance on Technology in Warfare: The Yom Kippur War as a Case Study” (Parameters, Summer 2004), I agree with the author that Israeli doctrinal errors led to their initial losses in the Yom Kippur War and that […]

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Demographic trends and military recruitment: surprising possibilities

Demographic trends and military recruitment: surprising possibilities George H. Quester This article will attempt to project current demographic trends in the United States and abroad, along with several related determinants, a substantial distance into the future, so as to explore some possibly surprising implications for the recruitment of armed forces. The most important of these […]

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Commentary & Reply – Letter to the Editor

Commentary & Reply – Letter to the Editor AIR-CENTRIC STRATEGY AND CASUALTY AVERSION To the Editor: The article “Collapsed Countries, Casualty Dread, and the New American Way of War” (Parameters, Summer 2002) by Jeffrey Record should be thought-provoking for those concerned with the future role of the Army in national defense and its force structure. […]

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Caution: Children at War – global poverty contributions

Caution: Children at War – global poverty contributions – Statistical Data Included P.W. Singer After less than two weeks of training, the strike force of 150 British paratroopers deployed to the target zone, a ramshackle camp located in the jungles of Sierra Leone. At H-Hour, the assault group raced out from three RAF Chinook CH-47s, […]

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Apostles of Disunion: Southern Secession Commissioners and the Causes of the Civil War. .

Apostles of Disunion: Southern Secession Commissioners and the Causes of the Civil War. . – book review J. Boone Dr. Bartholomees Apostles of Disunion: Southern Secession Commissioners and the Causes of the Civil War. By Charles B. Dew. A Nation Divided: New Studies in Civil War History series. Ed. James I. Robertson. Charlottesville: University Press […]

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Vietnam’s Continuing Struggle with China and the Implications for U.S. Foreign Policy

Shadow of the Dragon: Vietnam’s Continuing Struggle with China and the Implications for U.S. Foreign Policy Andrew Scobell By Henry J. Kenny. Washington: Brassey’s, 2002. 176 pages. $49.95 ($24.95 paper). With the end of America’s Indochina war in the 1970s and the passage of time, Vietnam has slipped from the collective consciousness of US policymakers […]

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British bulldog or Bush’s poodle? Anglo-American relations and the Iraq war

British bulldog or Bush’s poodle? Anglo-American relations and the Iraq war James K. Wither On 26 February 2003, British Prime Minister Tony Blair faced the largest parliamentary rebellion in over a hundred years. Some 120 of his Labour Party colleagues voted against the government’s policy of support for US military action against Iraq. Earlier that […]

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Relearning counterinsurgency warfare

Relearning counterinsurgency warfare Robert R. Tomes Thirty years after the signing of the January 1973 Paris peace agreement ending the Vietnam War, the United States finds itself leading a broad coalition of military forces engaged in peacemaking, nation-building, and now counterinsurgency warfare in Iraq. A turning point appeared in mid-October 2003 when US Secretary of […]