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The Journal of Military History 69.1 (2005) 294-304

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Attack Aircraft and Bombers of the World. By Anil R. Pustam. Mechanicsburg, Pa.: Stackpole Books, 2004. ISBN 1-86176-197-X. Photographs. Glossary. Pp. 128. $24.95. A pictorial catalogue of aircraft types from the Greenhill Military Manuals series.

Combating Proliferation: Strategic Intelligence and Security Policy. By Jason D. Ellis and Geoffrey D. Kiefer. Baltimore, Md.: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004. ISBN 0-8018-7958-2. Figures. Tables. Notes. Index. Pp. xxi, 287. $48.00. A critique of efforts to contain the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction with a focus on the shift in the Bush administration from nonproliferation to counterproliferation.

Compass: A Story of Exploration and Innovation. By Alan Gurney. New York: W. W. Norton, 2004. ISBN 0-393-05073-4. Illustrations. Figures. Notes. Bibliography. Index. Pp. 320. $22.95. A light and entertaining history of the mariner's most basic navigational tool from the lodestones and wind roses of the Middle Ages to the advent of gyroscopic machines in the early 20th century.

Force-Application Planning: A Systems-and-Effects-Based Approach. By Jay M. Kreighbaum. Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.: Air University Press, 2004. Tables. Appendixes. Pp. xi, 115. Paper. Investigates how to improve current force-application methodologies; a thesis from the School of Advanced Airpower Studies.

The Gathering Biological Warfare Storm. Edited by Jim A. Davis and Barry R. Schneider. Westport, Conn.: Praeger, 2004. ISBN 0-275-98314-5. Illustrations. Tables. Notes. Index. Pp. 263. $39.95. Ten experts offer essays outlining the current biological warfare threat, focusing on terrorism and the state of U.S. defenses.

The Homeland Security Papers: Stemming the Tide of Terror. Edited by Michael W. Ritz, Ralph G. Hensley, Jr., and James C. Whitmire. Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.: USAF Counterproliferation Center, 2004. ISBN 0-9747403-20-2. Tables. Figures. Notes. Pp. 264. Paper. A series of ten essays discusses a variety of issues of homeland security, from Colombian narco-terrorism to the effectiveness of first responders on the home front, in an effort to provide a thematic framework for future research.

The International Development of Space and Its Impact on U.S. National Space Policy. By Dale L. Hayden. Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.: Air University Press, 2004. Notes. Bibliography. Pp. 42. Paper. The author argues that a multinational, diplomatic approach to space issues offers the most security for the U.S.; Airpower Research Institute Paper 2004-1.

Know Thy Enemy: Profiles of Adversary Leaders and Their Strategic Cultures. Edited by Barry R. Schneider and Jerrold M. Post. Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.: USAF Counterproliferation Center, 2003, 2nd edition. ISBN 0-9747403-0-6. Figures. Notes. Pp. 325. Paper. A series of eleven essays discusses strategic problems involving some of the adversaries faced by the developed West in the early [End Page 294] 21st century. Most are, not surprisingly, figures and organizations from the Middle East (Al Qaeda, Iran, Saddam, Qaddafi) but the list includes Kim Chong-il.

Living by the Sword? The Ethics of Armed Intervention. By Tom Frame. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2004. ISBN 0-86840-519-1. Photographs. Appendixes. Notes. Index. Pp. 278. Paper. $24.95. The Anglican Bishop to the Australian Defence Force discusses the ethical issues involved with humanitarian and political interventions in the current international arena.

Neither Star Wars Nor Sanctuary: Constraining the Military Uses of Space. By Michael E. O'Hanlon. Washington: Brookings Institution Press, 2004. ISBN 0-8157-6457-X. Tables. Figures. Notes. Index. Pp. xi, 173. Paper. $16.95. The author argues it is in the United States's best strategic interest to maintain its current superiority by resisting the temptation to put more weapons in space.

No End in Sight: The Continuing Menace of Nuclear Proliferation. By Nathan E. Busch. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2004. ISBN 0-8131-2323-2. Tables. Appendix. Notes. Bibliography. Index. Pp. xiv, 490. $40.00. An analysis of the state of nuclear programs among the traditional nuclear powers and newly proliferating states and of the debates...


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