US Army War College Quarterly
Summer 1997, Vol. XXVII, No. 2

From the Editor

Through a Glass Darkly

"Constant Conflict," by Ralph Peters

"Epochal Change: War Over Social and Political Organization," by Robert J. Bunker

"The Defense Technology and Industrial Base: Key Component of National Power," by Gordon Boezer, Ivars Gutmanis, and Joseph E. Muckerman II

Geopolitics and National Power

"People Wars: Ruminations on Population and Security," by Victor Gray

"The Importance of Maritime Chokepoints," by Reynolds B. Peele

Military Aid to Civil Authorities

"The Categorization of Conflict," by David Fastabend

"Lessons in Command and Control from the Los Angeles Riots," by Christopher M. Schnaubelt

"The Drug Threat: Getting Priorities Straight," by William W. Mendel and Murl D. Munger

Commentary & Reply

Editor's Shelf

Review Essays

Book Reviews

Off the Press

From the Archives

Parameters is a refereed journal of ideas and issues, providing a forum for the expression of mature professional thought on the art and science of land warfare, joint and combined matters, national and international security affairs, military strategy, military leadership and management, military history, military ethics, and other topics of significant and current interest to the US Army and Department of Defense. It serves as a vehicle for continuing the education and professional development of USAWC graduates and other senior military officers, as well as members of government and academia concerned with national security affairs.

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