September-October 2022


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Economic Sanctions

Dr. Mark Duckenfield

Economic sanctions are one method of coercion that states use to pursue their international political objectives, whether to deter an action, compel a change in behavior, or punish another state.


Russian Preinvasion Influence Activities in the War with Ukraine

Ian J. Courter

Russia has conducted extensive influence activities as part of a whole-of-society strategy during its invasion of Ukraine but with varying degrees of success.


Russian Public Opinion and the Ukraine War: Applying the American Experience

John Mueller, PhD

The author provides examples of how U.S. public opinion impacted the Nation’s involvement in its wars and applies lessons learned in a comparison with current Russian public opinion regarding its war with Ukraine.


The Role of Expeditionary Dentistry in Large-Scale Combat Operations

Lt. Col. Andres Mendoza, DDS, U.S. Army Maj. Ross Cook, DMD, U.S. Army

Soldiers with dental injuries could face prolonged return-to-duty periods during large-scale combat operations if adequate dental support is not available. Two dentists offer recommendations on how properly trained dental officers and adequately staffed surgeon’s sections can help maintain a unit’s combat power.


The Individual Replacement Process: Will It Work?

Brig. Gen. Hope Rampy, U.S. Army Lt. Col. William C. Latham Jr., U.S. Army, Retired

The U.S. Army requires a proven solution for providing individual replacements to support large-scale combat operations. To meet this need, the adjutant general of the Army espouses training the replacement process in professional military education and rehearsing it during division and corps Warfighter exercises.


New U.S. Army Human Resources System Is the Change the Army and Its Soldiers Need

Col. Rebecca L. Eggers, U.S. Army

The Integrated Personnel and Pay System-Army will integrate the Active and Reserve Components, provide increased visibility for commanders at all levels, streamline workflows for human resources professionals, and improve soldiers’ pay accuracy and timeliness.


Protecting Posterity: Women and the Military Selective Service Act

Maj. Kelly M. Dickerson, U.S. Air Force

The draft enrollment system must include the whole of the American population to enable mobilization of 100 percent of able Americans instead of just 50 percent. Including women in a draft would provide the opportunity for both sexes to contribute fully to the national security of the United States.


Field Medical Badge testing

Warfighting: A Function of Combat Power

Maj. Thomas R. Ryan Jr., U.S. Army

The author provides a mathematical modeling framework to explain the relationship between the elements of combat power.


We Don’t Run with Scissors: Why the U.S. Army Struggles with Risk Acceptance

Maj. Michael J. Rasak, U.S. Army

Though the U.S. Army codifies the intellectual underpinnings of risk acceptance into its doctrine, the principle is conspicuously absent in practice. This article was awarded first place in the General Douglas MacArthur Military Leadership Writing Competition.


Command Post Automation

Col. Harry D. Tunnell IV, PhD, U.S. Army, Retired

Command posts rely on arcane manual processes rather than modern automated ones to manage the staff processes essential for getting fighting units to act, but electronic document management systems could be applied to enable a commander’s ability to act and assess faster than an adversary.


Eliminating Micromanagement and Embracing Mission Command

Maj. Justin T. DeLeon, U.S. Army Dr. Paolo G. Tripodi

The best positioned and most effective commander to make decisions might not necessarily be the most senior in the chain of command. The U.S. Army should wholeheartedly embrace a mission command philosophy that empowers the best-positioned leader to make critical decisions.


Realize the Future

L. Lance Boothe

The U.S. military must capitalize on artificial intelligence and robotic and autonomous system technologies or risk losing the next war.


Duty Should Not Be an Army Value

Charles J. Duncan

The author uses several historical examples to make the case that duty is at best an unhelpful moral guide and at worst a justification for atrocities.


Strategic Sepsis

Maj. Timothy M. Dwyer, U.S. Army

What would happen if our enemies used nanotechnology against us in a preemptive strike? Military Review offers one possible scenario In a compelling short story from our Future Warfare Writing Program titled “Strategic Sepsis.”


Competition in Order and Progress: Criminal Insurgencies and Governance in Brazil

Lt. Col. James J. Torrence, U.S. Army

The author critiques a book edited by John Sullivan and Robert Bunker that discusses the complex relationships between the population, local militias, gangs, and the government in urban environments where government services cannot reach the entire population.


Hershel Woodrow “Woody” Williams

2 October 1923–29 June 2022


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