Joint Force Quarterly

Articles from No. 45, April

An Interview with Bantz J. Craddock
JFQ: What do you see as the greatest challenges facing U.S. European Command? General Craddock: There are numerous challenges. I would not want to rank order them because then it looks like we put some of them at the forefront--but the others at...
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Basrah, Baghdad, and Beyond: The U.S. Marine Corps in the Second Iraq War
Basrah, Baghdad, and Beyond: The U.S. Marine Corps in the Second Iraq War by Colonel Nicholas E. Reynolds, USMCR (Ret.) Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2005 276 pp. $32.95 ISBN: 1-59114-717-4 Reynolds' first-draft history of Marine Corps participation...
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Executive Summary
Today it should be clear that not only is weakness provocative, but the perception of weakness on our part can be provocative as well. A conclusion by our enemies that the United States lacks the will or the resolve to carry out missions that demand...
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Iraq and the AC-130 Gunships Unleashed
Slayer 74, an AC-130U side-firing gunship, was en route to Fallujah, Iraq, on October 5, 2003, to work with a joint terminal air controller (JTAC) from the 82d Airborne Division on a routine countermortar mission. Approximately 5 minutes from Fallujah,...
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Joint Doctrine Update: Joint Chiefs of Staff J7 Joint Education and Doctrine Division
The joint doctrine development community (JDDC) revised or published an unprecedented 25 joint publications in 2006. The efforts of the JDDC, which consists of the Joint Staff, Services, and the combatant commands, should come as no surprise because...
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Last Flight from Koh Tang the Mayaguez Incident a Generation Later
The night was clear and the air Tstable. We could see the SS Mayaguez resting barely a mile to the north. We were at 7,500 feet in a lazy orbit to the left in an old 573, a trusty AC-130H. She was in fine shape; none of her complex systems was at less-than-optimum...
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Off the Shelf
As the articles in this issue's Forum highlight, the Iraq war and the war on terror are only two of myriad regional and functional threats that the United States must keep on its radar screen. The complexity of these threats precludes unilateral U.S....
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Open Letter to JFQ Readers
Joint Force Quarterly is mindful that many of its readers have experienced multiple tours of duty in one or more theaters in the war on terror. We want to hear your stories, share your practical insights, and improve the way our government secures...
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Rethinking the Principles of War
Rethinking the Principles of War Edited by Anthony D. Mc Ivor Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2005 272 pp. $75 ISBN 1-59114-481-7 Have the principles of war changed? Does the very notion of such principles have any relevance in the 21st century?...
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Southeast Asian Security Challenges: America's Response?
The history of Southeast Asia over the last three decades has been a dramatic march to modernity--economic development, scientific and technological literacy, and social stability. In countries such as Malaysia and Thailand, per capita incomes have...
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Space Strategy: A Call to Arms for the Sea Services
Much of today's innovation in warfare involves spaceenabled technologies, such as precision weapons using global positioning system information, missile defense systems designed to engage enemy missiles in the lowest regions of outer space, and information...
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Strategic Communication in the Department of Defense: A Continuous Process
The U.S. military is not sufficiently organized, trained, or equipped to analyze, plan, coordinate, and integrate the full spectrum of capabilities available to promote America's interests. Changes in the global information environment require the...
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The Officer Corps and Profession Time for a New Model
Much has changed in the 50 years since Samuel Huntington wrote The Soldier and the State: The Theory and Politics of Civil-Military Relations. The prospect of a large standing army in peacetime is no longer viewed as an aberration but as the normal...
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The U.S.-Japan Alliance in the 21st Century: A View of the History and a Rationale for Its Survival
The U.S.-Japan Alliance in the 21st Century: A View of the History and a Rationale for Its Survivalby Fumio Ota olkestone, UK: Global Oriental, 2006 169 pp. $60.00 ISBN: 1-905-24625-0 Most observers, even critics of the Bush administration, would...
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Toward a Horizon of Hope: Considerations for Long-Term Stability in Postconflict Situations
The 2006 National Security Strategy of the United States of America clearly states our national intent for dealing with regional conflicts through three levels of engagement: "conflict prevention and resolution; conflict intervention; and post-conflict...
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Trading Places How and Why National Security Roles Are Changing
The public sector is served by individuals with superb strategic vision, extensive experience, and a desire to serve the Nation. Yet it finds itself unable to actualize the vision; it is frustratingly unable to execute strategic plans tactically, due...
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Uncomfortable Wars Revisited
Uncomfortable Wars Revisited by John T. Fishel and Max G. Manwaring Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2006 340 pp. $45.00 ISBN-10: 0806137118 Authors John Fishel and Max Manwaring have spent the past two decades studying insurgencies. From...
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