November-December 2023


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Chief Priority! Ignite a Renaissance in Military Scholarship and Writing

Col. Todd Schmidt, PhD, U.S. Army Director, Army University Press


Write for Military Review: Suggested Writing Themes and Topics—2024


2024 General William E. DePuy Special Topics Writing Competition

This year’s theme is “The Russia-Ukraine War”


A U.S. Army paratrooper assigned to the 173rd Airborne Brigade looks up at the sky as fellow paratroopers descend to the ground during an airborne operation on Frida Drop Zone, Pordenone, Italy, 31 August 2023

Winning before the War: A Case for Consolidation of Gains

Brig. Gen. Matthew N. Metzel, U.S. Army

Col. Jay Liddick, U.S. Army

Col. Heiva Hugh Kelley, U.S. Army Reserve

Lt. Col. (P) Robert T. Greiner, U.S. Army

Travis Bolio

Field Manual (FM) 3-0, Operations, remains incomplete in articulating and analyzing one of the U.S. Army’s fundamental contributions to the joint force—the consolidation of gains (CG). Expanding upon FM 3-0 will further define the meaning and subsequent value in CG and will demonstrate why the Army is the service best postured to lead CG efforts on behalf of the joint force.


The Tank Is Dead … Long Live the Tank: The Persistent Value of Armored Combined Arms Teams in the 21st Century

Maj. Gen. Curtis A. Buzzard, U.S. Army

Brig. Gen. Thomas M. Feltey, U.S. Army

Lt. Col. John M. Nimmons, U.S. Army

Maj. Austin T. Schwartz, U.S. Army

Dr. Robert S. Cameron

It is imperative to not draw premature conclusions from recent conflicts on the efficacy of tanks and armored formations in future conflicts. Tanks will continue to enable national power projection, provide operational flexibility and tempo to joint commanders, and facilitate tactical combined arms maneuver.


Task Organizing the Combined Arms Battalion for Success in Eastern Europe

Lt. Col. Jay A. Ireland, U.S. Army

Maj. Ryan C. Van Wie, U.S. Army

For a U.S. Army combined arms battalion to succeed in restrictive terrain like that found in eastern Europe, the formation needs to include additional dismounts equipped with better equipment to properly set the conditions for a successful armored attack.


U.S. Army paratroopers assigned to the 173rd Airborne Brigade descend on Frida Drop Zone, Pordenone, Italy, 31 August 2023

Counterpunching to Win: A Mindset and Method to Defeat First Battle Fears

Lt. Col. Craig A. Broyles, U.S. Army

Employing the boxing strategy of counterpunching to warfighting will allow the U.S. Army to seize initiative, build momentum, dominate the fight, and break the enemy’s will to resist.


Convergence and Emission Control: Tension and Reconciliation

Maj. Matthew Tetreau, U.S. Army

Tension exists between two concepts identified in Field Manual 3-0, Operations, convergence and electromagnetic emission control, and commanders will be challenged to implement both. This article won the 2023 General William E. DePuy Special Topics Writing Competition.


Concepts for Security Force Assistance Brigade Company Task Forces in Large-Scale Combat Operations

Maj. Zachary L. Morris, U.S. Army

As the U.S. Army focuses on large-scale combat operations (LSCO), security force assistance brigades should continue identifying potential roles they might play in LSCO and develop the doctrine and concepts needed to perform those functions effectively.


At the Point of Friction: The Role of the Modern Command Sergeant Major in Today’s Army

Lt. Col. Bernard R. Gardner, U.S. Army

Maj. Andre C. Aleong, U.S. Army

Command Sgt. Maj. William H. Black, U.S. Army

Command sergeants major possess the influence, power, and expertise to enhance the readiness of their organizations and demonstrate care to their soldiers—the U.S. Army’s most vital resource. Yet, specific regulations and leadership development do not adequately address the formidable roles they play.


Army University Press Products of Relevance to EUCOM


Chinese Operational Art: The Primacy of the Human Dimension

Rob Hafen

There is an important difference between the Chinese and American approaches to solving strategic, operational, and tactical problems. Where the American military tends to focus on high-cost, technology-centric solutions, the Chinese prefer low-cost, humancentric solutions.


Selective Service: Before the All-Volunteer Force

Dr. Barry M. Stentiford

The fiftieth anniversary of the all-volunteer force is a good time to reflect on the system of compulsory military service it replaced.


Mentorship Is a Mess

Maj. Benjamin F. Stork, DO, U.S. Army

The U.S. Army has a leader development problem and is missing a critical informal venue for leader development culture due to the demise of the officer and enlisted club systems.


Responses to Gender Bias and Discrimination among Women Officers

Col. Adrian “A. J.” Sullivan, U.S. Army

Allison Abbe, PhD

The U.S. Army is showing increases in women’s representation and shown progress toward gender equality in its ranks, but women officers currently serving have already experienced the impacts of previous, less inclusive policies in their careers, and many are leaving voluntarily for a variety of reasons.


Sleep and Performance: Why the Army Must Change Its Sleepless Culture

Maj. David Nixon, U.S. Army

Maj. Porter Riley, U.S. Army

The U.S. Army continues to suffer from chronic sleep deficiency, but there are ways the Army can change its way of thinking related to sleep and alleviate the mental and physical risks associated with sleep deprivation.


By All Means Available: Memoirs of a Life in Intelligence, Special Operations, and Strategy

Lt. Col. Rick Baillergeon, U.S. Army, Retired

The author critiques the memoir of Michael G. Vickers, whose career included service with U.S. Army Special Forces, the Central Intelligence Agency, and the Department of Defense.


2023 Military Review Index


Medal of Honor Sgt. Maj. Thomas P. Payne

Sgt. Maj. Thomas P. Payne was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions during a hostage rescue mission on 22 October 2015 in Kirkuk Province, Iraq.



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