FEATURES: Special Commentary. Limits of Negative Peace, Faces of Positive Peace — Patricia M. Shields. A Wake for Counterinsurgency? Abandoning Counterinsurgency: Reviving Antiterrorism Strategy—Steven Metz. Insurgent Defectors in Counterinsurgencies—Jacqueline L. Hazelton. War among (& for) the People. Rethinking NATO Policy on the Protection of Civilians—Sten Rynning. Military Force and Mass Migration in Europe—Matthew N. Metzel and John M. Lorenzen. War and Social Perception. Casualties of Their Own Success: The 2011 Urination Incident in Afghanistan—Paolo G. Tripodi and David M. Todd. Third-Force Influences: Hollywood’s War Films—John Chapin, Marissa Mendoza- Burcham, and Mari Pierce. Army Expansibility. Expanding Brigade Combat Teams: Is the Training Base Adequate?—Esli T. Pitts. Rapid Expansion and the Army’s Matériel: Is There Enough?—Robb C. Mitchell.
The Summer issue of Parameters opens with an essay by Sir Lawrence Freedman entitled “Beyond Surprise Attack.” Surprise, argues Freedman, can come in any number of forms, and sometimes those that come in the middle or end of a campaign prove the most decisive. Our first forum, Reevaluating Diplomatic & Military Power, offers two articles. The first, “What Are America’s Alliances Good For?” by Hal Brands and Peter Feaver, contends the costs and risks associated with America’s military alliances are frequently overstated, while at the same time the benefits are downplayed. Brands and Feaver, thus, provide a more accurate net assessment of America’s alliances in hopes of better informing current policy debates. In the second article, “Employing Military Force in the 21st Century,” Michael Matheny petitions US policymakers look to past uses of force for ways of employing force while managing the global and national violence threshold.
Mission Command: Strategic Implications – Anthony C. King, Russell W. Glenn, and Thomas-Durell Young. After 15 Years of Conflict – Charlotte F. Blatt, Stanley J. Wiechnik, Ellen "Elle" Klein, Douglas A. Sims II, and Amy B. Adler. Modernization Among US Partners – Ian Langford, and Rémy Hémez. Review Essay – Larry D. Miller. Commentaries and Replies – Conrad C. Crane, Gates Brown, and John. A. Bonin. A Dialogue on Strategy – Gregory D. Miller, Chris Rogers, Francis J. H. Park, William F. Owen, and Jeffrey W. Meiser.
Special Commentary: The Army's Identity Crisis by Gates Brown. Toward Strategic Solvency Ensuring Effective Military Voice, by William E. Rapp. The Crisis of American Military Primacy and the Search for Strategic Solvency, by Hal Brands and Eric Edelman. Are Our Strategic Models Flawed? Faith in War: The American Roots of Global Conflict by Gregory A. Daddis. Solving America's Gray-Zone Puzzle, by Isaiah Wilson III and Scott Smitson. Strategic Uncertainty, the Third Offset, and US Grand Strategy by Ionut C. Popescu. Ends + Ways + Means = (Bad) Strategy, by Jeffrey W. Meiser. Regional Issues in Asia: Turning It Up to Eleven: Belligerent Rhetoric in North Korea's Propaganda, by Mason Richey. Foreign Military Education as PLA Soft Power, by John S. Van Oudenaren and Benjamin E. Fisher
Special Commentary: Rebalancing Offshore Balancing Michael G. Roskin Adapting to Strategic Change Brian McAllister Linn, J. P. Clark, Charles Hornick, Daniel Burkhart, and Dave Shunk Myths about the Army Profession Don M. Snider, C. Anthony Pfaff On Strategic Communications Today James P. Farwell and Darby J. Arakelian Christopher Paul Gideon Avidor and Russell W. Glenn
Special Commentary: Prospects for Peace: The View from Beijing by Jacqueline N. Deal Russian Military Power by Tor Bukkvoll, Bettina Renz Challenges in Asia by Michael A. Spangler, Jin H. Pak War: Theory and Practice by Christopher H. Tuck, Paul R. Norwood, Benjamin M. Jensen, and Justin Barnes
Special Commentary: Making Sense of the “Long Wars” Tami Davis Biddle US Leadership and NATO Luis Simón, Alexander Mattelaer, John R. Deni, Magnus Petersson Is Nation-Building a Myth? Charles J. Sullivan, M. Chris Mason Learning from Today’s Wars Ben Nimmo, Roger N. McDermott, Erik W. Goepner
Special Commentary: Rethinking America’s Grand Strategy by Hal Brands The Efficacy of Landpower by Michael Allen Hunzeker, Alexander Lanoszka, Joseph Roger Clark Professionalism and the Volunteer Military by Don M. Snider, Louis G. Yuengert Putin’s Way of War by Andrew Monaghan On Strategic Leadership by David H. Petraeus
Special Commentary: Soldiers Fighting Alone by Patrick Porter Strategic Leadership by William E. Rapp, Jason W. Warren Countering Gray-Zone Wars by Jakub Grygiel, William G. Pierce, Douglas G. Douds, & Michael A. Marra Thinking Strategically by Yakov Ben-Haim, David Patrick Houghton Regional Challenges by Ted Middleton, Daniel Morgan
Has the US Lost the Ability to Fight a Major War? by Steven Metz The US Military in Africa by Kristen A. Harkness, Kertsi Larsdotter Threats Within and Without by, Amy Zegart, John R. Deni Toward a Smarter Military by Robert R. Tomes, Everett S.P. Spain, J.D. Mohundro, & Bernard B. Banks Kick the Door Down with AirSea Battle…Then What? by Martin N. Murphy