Director's Select Articles

These are previously published articles that have been modernized to our current publishing standards. They have been chosen because of their quality and relevance to current issues.

The Probable Influence of Air Reconnaissance on Strategy and Tactics

Flight Lieutenant C. J. Mackay

The collection of information about the enemy, insures not only an essential part of the protection of an army, but forms also the foundation on which plans and actions in war are based. The enemy must be continuously sought out and constant touch kept with him so that the fullest information as to his whereabouts and intentions may be obtained.

(Originally published in Military Review October-December 1922)

The Ethics of Bombing

Air Marshal Sir Robert Saundby, Royal Air Force, Retired

The subject of air bombardment is seldom discussed objectively and reasonably. It arouses all kinds of illogical antagonisms and emotional responses. Even when used against a leaking and derelict tanker aground near the Scillies, napalm bombs cause shudders of horror.

(Originally published in Military Review Februrary 1968)

Interpreter--or Filter?

Colonel Wolfred K. White, United States Army

The argument frequently has been advanced that citizens of the United States need no language other than their mother tongue. The rationale is that the people of less powerful nations will learn English in order to communicate with the citizens of a great power. Such a thesis may have been valid during periods of isolation before World War II, but, in light of the United States present worldwide military and economic commitments, it can no longer be supported.

(Originally published in Military Review Februrary 1968)

The United States Army Camel Corps 1856-66

John Shapard

An American came1 corps was initially suggested by Major George Crosman in 1837. The idea was ignored at the time, but, in 1848, two events combined to resurrect the camel project. The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, signaling the United States’ victory over Mexico, added over one-half million square miles of new lands, including the vast deserts of the Southwest, to the country’s real estate.

(Originally published in Military Review August 1975)