September-October 2020


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September-October 2020


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Lt. Col. William Adler, U.S. Army

A poem written by a military professor at the Naval War College in the College of Leadership and Ethics.


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The Question: Why Would China Not Invade Taiwan Now?

Tim Willasey-Wilsey

In a reprint from The Cipher Brief, a British geopolitical expert and career diplomat discusses whether China’s People’s Liberation Army is capable of achieving a quick victory over Taiwan in the near future. The article includes commentary by former senior U.S. military and intelligence officials.


Time Horizons Drive Potential Taiwan Cross-Strait Conflict

David An

A former U.S. diplomat examines how time horizons—taking a short-term or a long-term view toward goal achievement—have influenced the U.S.-China relationship and how they might affect both countries’ decision-making regarding potential actions to seize Taiwan.


How to Counter China’s Disinformation Campaign in Taiwan

Linda Zhang

The author describes how the People’s Republic of China’s malign influence in Taiwan’s traditional media and its ability to spread propaganda and disinformation on social media threatens Taiwan’s press freedom and democratic process.


Economic Warfare: China’s Financial Alternative to Military Reunification with Taiwan

1st Lt. Bethany G. Russell, U.S. Army

China is more likely to use economic means rather than military force to pressure Taiwan into reunification, according to this author. China can be expected to use its economic leverage to disrupt markets and implement sanctions to compel the island to agree to annexation for the sake of its economic survival.


Taiwan and the U.S. Army: New Opportunities amid Increasing Threats

Eric Setzekorn, PhD

The author discusses how the evolving security situation in the Taiwan Strait offers the U.S. Army a chance to play an important role in deterring Chinese military action and strengthening American strategic connections in East Asia.


Deterring the Dragon: Returning U.S. Forces to Taiwan

Capt. Walker D. Mills, U.S. Marine Corps

A U.S. marine opines that if the United States wants to maintain credible conventional deterrence against a People’s Liberation Army attack on Taiwan, it needs to consider basing troops in Taiwan.


Drive Them into the Sea

Brian J. Dunn

An Army corps will be indispensable and must be fully incorporated into U.S. Indo-Pacific Command’s Taiwan contingency plans. The author espouses an aggressive offensive military response to a potential Chinese attack into Taiwan.


Russian New Generation Warfare: Deterring and Winning at the Tactical Level

James Derleth, PhD

A senior interagency training advisor at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center explores Russia’s belief that success in the contemporary operating environment requires lower-level formations to have a degree of autonomy and the capability to perform a variety of missions including psychological warfare and information operations.


Steal the Firewood from Under the Pot: The Role of Intellectual Property Theft in Chinese Global Strategy

Capt. Scott Tosi, U.S. Army

Chinese intellectual property theft has broad implications for the U.S. Army and the Department of Defense, threatening U.S. military technological superiority in future decades.


Venezuela in Light of Anti-American Parties and Affiliations in Latin America

Lt. Col. Geoffrey Demarest, JD, PhD, U.S. Army, Retire

An expert on Latin America identifies the malign network of diverse organizations that exists in Latin America today and provides a series of observations that illuminate how the organizations in that network relate to each other.




The 2003 Battle of Baghdad: A Case Study of Urban Battle during Large-Scale Combat Operations

Maj. Nicolas Fiore, U.S. Army

Doctrine regarding large-scale combat operations anticipates U.S. Army and allied land forces replicating the exceptionally low destruction of the 2003 Battle of Baghdad, even when fighting peer adversaries.


Strong Reasons Make Strong Actions: Closing the Leadership Gap in the Army Medical Corps

Maj. Victoria Fernandes Sullivan, MD, U.S. Army

An Army doctor discusses how the current COVID-19 pandemic is proving that physicians and scientists who are well-trained and practiced in the art of leadership are needed to ensure the U.S. Military Health System (MHS) is able to protect and save service members in times of chaos such as pandemics and large-scale combat operations.


Unit Status Reports and the Gaming of Readiness

Cpt. Theo Lipsky, U.S. Army

A former troop executive officer argues that unit status reports not only fail to capture the readiness of reporting units, they actually harm the readiness of reporting units.


Sailing True North: Ten Admirals and the Voyage of Character

Lt. Col. John H. Modinger, PhD, U.S. Air Force, Retired

The author critiques a book by retired Adm. James Stavridis.


The Long March: A Generational Approach to Achieving the People’s Republic of China Strategic Objective to Annex Taiwan

Military Review Staff

Editor's commentary on the political dimension of the long-term generational approach the People's Republic of China has taken in its decades-old political effort to strip away all diplomatic recognition of Taiwan and support from the world community of nations as a preparatory phase for possible invasion and annexation of the island.


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