Military Review English Edition July-August 2014 - Page 107

BOOK REVIEWS As early as July 1944, Hitler had been contemplating a counterattack against the Allies. However, until conditions were set—weather, terrain, equipment, and a stabilized front—this attack could not happen. From a historical perspective, Rückzug clearly demonstrates how important Germany’s ability to manage its retreat from France was in setting the conditions for the Ardennes Offensive in December 1944. From a more current standpoint, this work offers valuable lessons and insights into key concepts such as mission command, planning, and battlefield decision making. Lt. Col. William Kenna McCurry, U.S. Army, Retired, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas ANTI-ACCESS WARFARE: Countering A2/AD Strategies Sam J. Tangredi, U.S. Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD, 2013, 308 pages, $35.91 For strategic landpower advocates concerned over the current AirSea Battle debate, this book is an essential and foundational analysis of the anti-access/area denial (A2/AD) military problem. Given the author’s background as an expert naval analyst, the book may be overlooked at first glance. From the book’s title and provocative dust cover jacket depicting a U.S. aircraft carrier hit by a Chinese guided ballistic missile, one would expect a focus on the technical and tactical details of the Joint Operational Access Concept ( JOAC) with a decidedly naval slant. But this book is not that at all; instead it places the narrow JOAC/AirSea Battle solution to the A2/AD problem into a far larger and properly balanced strategic perspective. Tangredi, an award-winning naval writer and accomplished defense consultant, examines the issue of defeating A2/AD capabilities from both a historical and a modern-day strategic perspective. He uses selected historical vignettes of A2/AD successes (the GrecoPersian Wars, the Spanish Armada in 1588, Gallipoli in 1915, and the Battle of Britain/Operation Sea Lion in 1940) as well as defeats (Fo