2019 Online Exclusive Articles

Exclusive Online articles are published only online to support timely discussion on emerging time-sensitive issues. Online publication also allows us to publish more articles than before due to the unconstrained nature of the website.

August 2019 Online Exclusive Articles

“The Man Who Removes a Mountain Begins by Carrying Away Small Stones” Addressing Chinese Exploitation of U.S. Education Systems

Amanda Goyeneche Theus
Master Sgt. Robert Theus, U.S. Army

Advancements spawned in U.S. academia are targeted by the Chinese, who see their procurement by any means as a shortcut to catching up with U.S. technology. The authors recommend U.S. academic institutions apply lessons learned by the military to safeguard intellectual property.

Article published on: Online Exclusive Articles 1 August 2019


Three Perspectives on Consolidating Gains

Lt. Gen. Mike Lundy, U.S. Army
Col. Richard Creed, U.S. Army
Lt. Col. Nate Springer, U.S. Army
Lt. Col. Scott Pence, U.S. Army

The commander of the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center and his fellow authors demonstrate how, by considering the perspective of each level of warfare—tactical, operational, and strategic—one may better understand how echelons and their subordinate formations consolidate gains in mutually supporting and interdependent ways.

Article published on: Online Exclusive Articles 1 August 2019


July 2019 Online Exclusive Articles

Reinvigorating the Army’s Approach to Command and Control Training for Mission Command (Part 3)

Gen. Stephen J. Townsend, U.S. Army
Maj. Gen. Douglas C. Crissman, U.S. Army
Col. Jason C. Slider, U.S. Army
Col. Keith Nightingale, U.S. Army, Retired

In the third of three articles on mission command, the former commander of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command and his fellow authors discuss how, as with any task or battle drill, soldiers and units must train and practice extensively to enable a culture of mission command and disciplined initiative.

Article published on: Online Exclusive Articles 17 July 2019


June 2019 Online Exclusive Articles

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

Lt. Col. Geoff Demarest, JD, PhD, U.S. Army, Retired

An expert in Latin America explains the interrelationships between the various political parties and international organizations aligned with Venezuela and against the United States.

Article published on: Online Exclusive Articles 28 June 2019


May 2019 Online Exclusive Articles

Reinvigorating the Army’s Approach to Mission Command and Control Leading by Mission Command (Part 2)

Gen. Stephen Townsend, U.S. Army
Maj. Gen. Gary Brito, U.S. Army
Maj. Gen. Douglas Crissman, U.S. Army
Maj. Kelly McCoy, U.S. Army

In this follow-up to an article published in the May-June issue of Military Review, the commander of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command and his fellow authors discuss how effective, successful leadership is the result of using mission command.

Article published on: Online Exclusive Articles 31 May 2019


April 2019 Online Exclusive Articles

Reinvigorating the Army’s Approach to Mission Command: It’s Okay to Run with Scissors (Part 1)

Gen. Stephen Townsend, U.S. Army
Maj. Gen. Douglas Crissman, U.S. Army
Maj. Kelly McCoy, U.S. Army

The mission command philosophy is the U.S. Army’s approach to command and control. It empowers subordinate decision-making and decentralized execution, using mission orders to enable disciplined initiative in accomplishment of the commander’s intent.

Article published on: 9 April 2019


March 2019 Online Exclusive Articles

Practicing Operational Art in Countering Insurgency

Lt. Col. Edward J. Erickson, PhD, U.S. Army, Retired

British Gen. Sir Gerald Templer's defeat of Malayan communists in the 1950s is often cited as an example of how to conduct a successful counterinsurgency. The author calls it a brilliant display of creative problem solving using an operational art form that effectively balanced ends, ways, and means, but cautions that Templer's approach might not achieve the same results in other counterinsurgencies.

Article published on: 6 March 2019


February 2019 Online Exclusive Articles

Civil Authority in Manbij, Syria: Using Civil Affairs to Implement Stabilization Activities in Nonpermissive Environments

Lt. Col. Peter S. Brau, U.S. Army

The liberation and subsequent stabilization of Manbij, Syria, highlighted numerous gaps between the entities involved with stabilization activities and provided important lessons on the planning effort required among local civil authorities, the Departments of Defense and State, and the U.S. Agency for International Development in nonpermissive environments following combat operations, as well as on the consequences of a lack of joint planning.

Article published on: 14 February 2019


January 2019 Online Exclusive Articles

The Paraguayan Military and the Struggle against Organized Crime and Insecurity

Dr. R. Evan Ellis

The author, a research professor at the US Army War College's Strategic Studies Institute, analyzes the evolving security challenges facing the Paraguayan government, including threats from transnational criminal organizations and armed insurgent groups.

Article published on: 25 January 2019


Operation Acolhida: The Brazilian Armed Forces’ Efforts in Supporting Displaced Venezuelans

Dr. Tássio Franchi

It is crucial to understand the dynamics of new migration flows, as well as to reflect upon the lessons learned from the actions taken by Brazil in response to the ongoing influx of immigrants from neighboring Venezuela, according to a professor from the Brazilian Army Command and General Staff College in Rio de Janeiro.

Article published on: 16 January 2019


Proposed Army Futures Command Process Tenets

Lt. Col. Thomas “Bull” Holland, PhD, U.S. Army

The deputy at the Army Research Office provides an in-depth discourse on the need for comprehensive, coordinated changes in the Army acquisition system.

Article published on: 15 January 2019


Russian General Staff Chief Valery Gerasimov’s 2018 Presentation to the General Staff Academy: Thoughts on Future Military Conflict—March 2018

Valery Gerasimov Translated by Dr. Harold Orenstein

The author translates a speech by Russian General of the Army Valery Gerasimov, "The Influence of the Contemporary Nature of Armed Struggle on the Focus of the Construction and Development of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation. Priority Tasks of Military Science in Safeguarding the Country's Defense."

Article published on: 3 January 2019