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 Jacqueline N. Deal Russian Military Power Tor Bukkvoll, Bettina Renz Challenges in Asia Michael A. Spangler, Jin H. Pak War: Theory and Practice 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