Reading List Monthly
Recommended Book of the Month (Waging
Modern War: Bosnia, Kosovo, and the
Future of Combat)
In the news (Arab-Israeli Conflict)
New to the Intelligence Reading List
New to the Sea Power Reading List
Link Partner of the Month
BOOK OF THE MONTH
Modern War: Bosnia, Kosovo, and the
Future of Combat by General Wesley K. Clark (May 22, 2001)
Supreme Allied Commander who directed and won NATO's war in Kosovo offers a
unique behind-the-scenes look at how the war was actually fought, and explains
the conflict's surprising implications for how war will be waged in the decades
Ugly, shocking, frightening, war came to
Europe once more in March 1999. The world watched in dismay as
Yugoslavia's military machine attacked its own citizens in the province of
Kosovo. Pictures of refugees fleeing and stories of murder and rape flashed to
the top of the news. But this time, the United States and its allies intervened.
Using an innovative, high technology air operation, NATO brought modern military
power to bear against Serb forces in the field and the machinery of repression
that backed them up. It was modern war-limited in scope, measured in effect,
extraordinarily complex in execution.
The American commander who oversaw this
massive military effort and managed the often-incompatible demands of NATO's
nineteen governments was General Wesley K. Clark. In Waging Modern War, Clark
recounts not only the events that led to armed conflict, but also the context
within which he made the key strategic decisions. He also describes, for the
first time, the personal conflict he felt as he walked the tightrope of high
diplomacy and military strategy and navigated the crushing restraints of
domestic politics. Laying out the new realities of war fighting and
war-planning, Clark reveals how the American military infrastructure will have
to adapt if it is to meet new threats. This is the story of war today, and as it
will be fought tomorrow.
NEWS: ARAB-ISRAELI CONFLICT
History of the Modern Middle East by William L. Cleveland (January 2000)
comprehensive work provides an analysis of the last two centuries of Middle
Eastern history, from the rise of the Safavids and Ottomans to the recent Gulf
War. Explains the deep historical currents flowing beneath today's
headlines--essential reading for anyone seeking a better understanding of
today's turbulent world. Photos. Maps.
NEW TO THE
INTELLIGENCE READING LIST
of Secrets: Anatomy of the Ultra-Secret National Security Agency from the Cold
War Through the Dawn of a New Century by James Bamford (April 24, 2001)
knows about the CIA--the cloak-and-dagger branch of the U.S. government. Many
fewer are familiar with the National Security Agency, even though it has been
more important to American espionage in recent years than its better-known
counterpart. The NSA is responsible for much of the intelligence gathering done
via technology such as satellites and the Internet. Its home office in Maryland
"contains what is probably the largest body of secrets ever created."
Little was known about the agency's
confidential culture until veteran journalist James Bamford blew the lid off in
1982 with his bestseller The Puzzle Palace. Still, much remained in the shadows.
In Body of Secrets, Bamford throws much more light on his subject--and he
reveals loads of shocking information. The story of the U-2 crisis in 1960 is
well known, including President Eisenhower's decision to tell a fib to the
public in order to protect a national-security secret. Bamford takes the story a
disturbing step forward, showing how Eisenhower "went so far as to order
his Cabinet officers to hide his involvement in the scandal even while under
oath. At least one Cabinet member directly lied to the committee, a fact known
to Eisenhower." Even more worrisome is another revelation, from the Kennedy
years: "The Joint Chiefs of Staff drew up and approved plans for what may
be the most corrupt plan ever created by the U.S. government. In the name of
anticommunism, they proposed launching a secret and bloody war of terrorism
against their own country in order to trick the American public into supporting
an ill-conceived war they intended to launch against Cuba."
Body of Secrets is an incredible piece of
journalism, and it paints a deeply troubling portrait of an agency about which
the public knows next to nothing. Fans of The Sword and the Shield will want to
read it, as will anybody who is intrigued by conspiracies and real-life spy
stories. --John J. Miller –- Amazon Review.
NEW TO THE
SEA POWER READING LIST
Silent War: The Cold War Battle Beneath the Sea by John Pina Craven
October 1962, the United States government demanded that the Soviet Union remove
long-range tactical missiles that it had positioned in Cuba, a short flight from
targets like Washington and New York. After nearly a week's wait, during which
the world braced for nuclear war, the Soviet government finally relented. It did
so, in part, because its capitalist foe had one weapon that it then did not: 10
dozen submarine-mounted nuclear missiles that could be fired from beneath the
waves and reach targets inside the Soviet Union within a matter of minutes.
In The Silent War, John Craven, an
architect of the Polaris missile program, writes that the episode offered
unambiguous proof of the value of "a strong silent deterrent" and of
the importance of a superb submarine force in preserving the balance of power.
In this memoir, he recounts the evolution of the Polaris weapons system during
the cold war. Along the way, he reveals little-known incidents of espionage and
saber rattling that will give readers pause to wonder how war was avoided for
all those years. A bonus for Tom Clancy fans (who are likely to enjoy his book
in any event) is Craven's sketchy but fascinating tale of a real hunt for a lost
Soviet submarine that took place during his tenure as well as his accessible but
nonetheless detailed account of the advanced military technology he helped bring
into being. --Gregory McNamee –- Amazon Review.
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