Chris Hilson (Reading): Framing the Local and the Global in the Anti-Nuclear Movement: Law and the Politics of Place. A review of Atomic Obsession: Nuclear Alarmism from Hiroshima to Al-Qaeda by John Mueller. Working toward a world without nuclear weapons: Limiting the number of warheads is a good beginning, but getting to the end state calls for new thinking. Countdown to Zero, a documentary history of nuclear weapons and possibility of radioactive terrorism, offers a cautionary tale for atomic powers (and more). A review of Peddling Peril: How the Secret Nuclear Trade Arms America’s Enemies by David Albright. Why not nuclear disarmament? Christopher A. Ford on the questions that disarmament advocates must answer. A review of Peddling Peril: How the Secret Nuclear Trade Arms America’s Enemies by David Albright. A review of The Twilight of the Bombs: Recent Challenges, New Dangers, and the Prospects for a World Without Nuclear Weapons by Richard Rhodes (and more). As more countries have the desire for and the capabilities to create nuclear weapons, it is ever more important for states to determine a way to create nuclear-weapon-free zones (NWFZs) in the pursuit of a nuclear-weapon-free world. Is nuclear zero the right choice? Scott Sagan and Kenneth Waltz debate. Kind of amazing to think the human race made it through all those decades of nuclear tension with all our major cities intact — so far. A study finds the US nuclear safety claim is a "dangerous fantasy". A review of A Skeptic’s Case for Nuclear Disarmament by Michael E. O’Hanlon. The American Atom: Garry Wills pins down the origins of the imperial presidency in the dark recesses of the Manhattan Project — and explains it all to Rick Perlstein. Dishonest, devious, and dangerous: Fred Kaplan on a close reading of John Bolton and John Yoo's ridiculous op-ed about the New START nukes treaty.
From State of Nature, a special issue on asymmetrical warfare. From Miranda, a special issue on women and 20th century warfare. Colin Gray (Reading): War: Continuity in Change, and Change in Continuity. World War I troops were the first to be diagnosed with shell shock, an injury still wreaking havoc. A review of War Horse: A History of the Military Horse and Rider by Louis DiMarco. Andrew Meier reviews The Gun: The AK-47 and the Evolution of War by CJ Chivers (and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more). Ceci n’est pas un enfant mort: How we learnt to see war as humanitarians. From Small Wars Journal, Stephane Dosse on the rise of intrastate wars: New threats and new methods; Hugues Esquerre goes deep inside the insurgent’s mind, past the Motorcycle Diaries towards understanding Che Guevera; and why the best defense is a good offense: The necessity of targeted killing. Etienne Balibar on Marxism and war. All war is local: For one close-knit National Guard Unit from Arkansas, Afghanistan hits home. Do we accept military rape as a consequence of the brutal environment of war? Some of the most pivotal battlefield innovations throughout history began as peacetime inventions (and here are inventions you won't believe came from war). A look at how technology falls short in the war against IEDs. Mind Games: A brief history of information warfare. Should we be worried about a cyber war? Seymour Hersh on the online threat (and more at Miller-McCune). Buddhists at war: The dark side of what is often thought to be the most peaceful of religions. Richard Rubenstein on his book Reasons to Kill: Why Americans Choose War. Richard Ned Lebow on his book Why Nations Fight: Past and Future Motives for War. Are conflicts worth it?: Why small countries take on superpowers with no chance of winning. Why do states fight on when the stakes seem questionable, or prospects of victory remote? Kenneth Payne on emotions and war termination. A review of Gideon Rose's How Wars End: Why We Always Fight the Last Battle (and more).
A new issue of Airman is out. Gary Schaub Jr. (AWC): Unit Cohesion and the Impact of DADT. With the end of "don't ask, don't tell" in sight, we can acknowledge it never protected soldiers — it just promoted prejudice. Confessions of a gay soldier: How "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" erodes the most valuable lessons military service can teach. Michael Evans (ADF): Stoic Philosophy and the Profession of Arms. From Leatherneck, Beth Crumley on Robert J. Arrotta, the mightiest corporal in the Marine Corps. Exploring the ambiguities of masculinity in accounts of emotional distress in the military among young ex-servicemen. From the Journal of Family Life, Beth Easterling (Tennessee) and David Knox (ECU): Left Behind: How Military Wives Experience the Deployment of their Husbands; and Erin Finley (Texas), and Mary Jo V. Pugh and Matthew Jeffreys (STVHS): Talking, Love, Time: Two Case Studies of Positive Post-Deployment Coping in Military Families. Saving military families: The military must do more about the high divorce and suicide rates among active duty personnel and veterans. June was the deadliest month for Army suicides since Vietnam — what's behind this record-breaking, tragic rise? Military suicides are higher than we think: Apparently, declaring a death a suicide isn't always clear-cut. Despite Army’s prevention efforts, suicides continue. "Our American Heroes": Why it's wrong to equate military service with heroism. Our Warriors: The terminology we use to describe our soldiers reveals the gap between us. The next Petraeus: What makes a visionary commander, and why the military isn’t producing more of them. Rise of the four-star deities: Is the US once again succumbing to the cult of the generals? Civilian strategists often think they understand the use of force better than their generals do; here are 10 cockamamie military schemes that thankfully never came to pass.
A new issue of Soldiers is out. Celestino Perez Jr. (Army): Politics and the Soldier. From Parameters, Phillip S. Meilinger on Soldiers and Politics: Exposing Some Myths. A Berkeley liberal goes to the Army War College: It turns out all officers aren't "Rush Limbaugh–listening conservatives". What if every soldier and politician were required to be a lit major? The Army turns to videogames for training (and more). Solitude and Leadership: William Deresiewicz encourages a group of West Point plebes to practice introspection, concentration, and nonconformity. The Naval Academy has weathered many scandals before, including sexual assault and cheating, and Jeffrey Fowler’s exit gives the Navy a chance to remake Annapolis — again. Keeping the Faiths: Air Force Academy leaders, cadets insist progress has been made in tolerating non-Christian religions, incluing welcoming spell-casters. From Claremont Review of Books, a review essay on books on the military academies. The Military and the Academy: Civilian experts need to play their part in preparing for the day when a war ends and peace begins. War and Peace: Bob Duggan on the art of the American soldier. Art in the trenches: A new exhibition depicts the life and death of the American soldier. At Arlington graves, a pain beyond words: "Slogans are little more than propaganda tactics, ways for politicians and the Pentagon to sanitize the wars and drum up public support". What are soldiers searching for when they return from the frontlines? Fightin’ and Writin’: Henrik Bering on military memoirs high and low. A review of Rage Company: A Marine’s Baptism by Fire by Thomas Daly. Sam Jacobson on The Few, The Proud, The Chosen: Life as a Jewish Marine means accepting the faith of a Separate Tribe. Unequal Sacrifice: Why are poorer and less-educated citizens more likely to die in America's wars? A survey reveals troubling numbers of military personnel in debt. What's the difference between combat and noncombat troops? The littlest soldiers: The U.S. military launches a website, myfuture.com, so youngsters can learn more about military careers.
A new issue of Military Review is out. A new issue of Armed Forces Journal is out. From the inaugural issue of Military Times, Julian Thompson on why military history is important. An interview with Peter Snow on books on military history. Arthur Herman on the re-hollowing of the military: Even as Robert Gates prepares to step down in 2011, he and President Obama are charting a frightening course when it comes to national security. When Robert Gates leaves, it's time for a Democratic defense secretary. From Prism, a review essay on civil-military relations. Ivan Eland on expanding the role of the citizen-soldier without a draft. Warrior Nation: Politics and policy have come to reinforce an American inclination toward military involvement abroad. A review of Washington Rules: America's Path to Permanent War by Andrew J. Bacevich (and more and more and more and more). The US military reigns supreme in the sea and air, but why not on the ground? Our madness for war: Must we persist in using the military option when it so rarely works? How to spin ancient history to justify modern-day orchestrations of military power: Jim Sleeper reviews Makers of Ancient Strategy: From the Persian Wars to the Fall of Rome, ed. Victor Davis Hanson. A review of Understanding Counterinsurgency: Doctrine, Operations, and Challenges. From The American Interest, a special issue on the future of the armed forces. Dangers of a politicized military: Bruce Ackerman on his book The Decline and Fall of the American Republic. Will militarization of the First Amendment undermine the Republic? Helping the “other” casualties of war: An interview with American Widow Project founder Taryn Davis. Geocurrents on mapping U.S. foreign military bases. The Very Dark Side of U.S. History: Many Americans view their country and its soldiers as the "good guys" spreading "democracy" and "liberty" around the world — it just ain't so.