Joint Force Quarterly

Articles from No. 70, July

Air Advising: A Critical Component of Joint Engagement
Over the past few years, the U.S. Air Force has developed a scalable capability for air advising that is designed to enhance access, build relationships, and create partner capabilities that enable and create synergies for the joint force. This article...
Allied Master Strategists: The Combined Chiefs of Staff in World War II
By David Rigby [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Naval Institute Press, 2012 272 pp. $29.95 ISBN: 978-1-61251-081-1 In The Grand Alliance, the third volume of his history of World War II, Winston Churchill speculated that future historians would judge...
Awaiting Cyber 9/11
Enemies no longer need to launch missiles or fly airplanes into buildings to attack the United States. A new weapon has been introduced into the world's arsenal, and that weapon has no boundaries or rules, costs little, and has monstrous potential....
A Western Insurgency in Afghanistan
The wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya have each had many names, reflecting the political and strategic ambitions of coalition forces, the antagonism of those unsupportive of these wars, and the latest conceptual trends within the military profession...
Beyond Sequester: Improving National Defense in an Age of Austerity
On his first day in the job, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel told the Pentagon that "We live in a very defining time ... a difficult time ... a time of tremendous challenge ... with the budget and sequestration. ... We need to figure this out. You...
Bleeding Talent: How the U.S. Military Mismanages Great Leaders and Why It's Time for a Revolution
By Tim Kane [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Palgrave Macmillan, 2012 288 pp. $30 ISBN: 978-0-230-39127-7 Tim Kane's January 2011 article entitled "Why Our Best Officers are Leaving," published in The Atlantic, gave the world a preview of his new...
Bleeding Talent: How the U.S. Military Mismanages Great Leaders and Why It's Time for a Revolution
By Tim Kane [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Palgrave Macmillan, 2012 288 pp. $30 ISBN: 978-0-230-39127-7 In the Chairman's Strategic Direction to the Joint Force, General Martin Dempsey states that "In the years to come, our Joint Force will face...
Competitive Strategies for the 21st Century: Theory, History and Practice
Edited by Thomas G. Mahnken [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Stanford University Press, 2012 344 pp. $29.95 ISBN: 978-0-804-78242-5 Strategy has always been a difficult art, and the challenges that modern strategists now face make practicing that...
Energy Diversity and Development in Kenya
The overall national development objectives of the government of Kenya are economic growth; increasing productivity of all sectors; equitable distribution of national income; poverty alleviation through improved access to basic needs; enhanced agricultural...
Enhancing the U.S. Rebalance toward Asia Elevating Allies
After China responded with belligerence to the Obama administration's initial offers of partnership in 2009, by 2010 the United States had embarked on a new strategy of a "pivot" toward Asia, later rebranded as a "rebalancing." This strategy contains...
Environmental Planning While Deployed: Mission Hindrance or Enhancement?
There is abundant doctrine T requiring planners and operators to consider environmental protection in deployment operations. Joint Publication (JP) 3-34, Joint Engineer Operations, for instance, outlines environmental considerations for both domestic...
Executive Summary
One of the enduring images from World War II is a 1939 public awareness campaign poster developed by the British Ministry of Information in anticipation of inevitable German bombing raids. It boldly stated, "Keep Calm and Carry On." More than two million...
Forward-Deployed Medical Assets and the COIN Offensive
Deployed U.S. military medical assets are primarily structured to support combat operations on the conventional battlefield, but they are increasingly deployed in support of expeditionary counterinsurgency (COIN) operations. The development of doctrine...
From National to Theater Developing Strategy
Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat. --Sun Tzu As a consequence of budget deficits and rebalancing the force, the Department of Defense (DOD) increasingly requires strategy...
From the Chairman: Why We Serve
There are as many reasons to serve the Nation as there are Servicemembers. Some join for honor, some for a challenge, and some for more concrete reasons. I once knew a Soldier who signed up on a dare. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Regardless of why...
Have You Renewed Your Commitment Yet?
The Chairman's letter to the joint force has been published for some time now, and in that letter he addresses four priorities. Since these are his priorities, they are also our priorities. At this point, we should be familiar with them, but just in...
In Memoriam
The Joint Force and the National Defense University community lost a truly exceptional pair of leaders on April 19, 2013, in a tragic plane crash that took their lives: Major General Joseph Daniel Brown IV, USAF, and his wife, Sue Stanger Brown. ...
Insights from The: Women in Combat Symposium
When the U.S. Army invaded Iraq in 2003, Specialist Williams had a skill set that was desperately needed: Arab linguist. In 2009, Major Hegar's skills as a medical evacuation pilot were in high demand. And in 2011, combat medics Olson and Bringloe...
On Military Creativity
In the public mind, creativity is usually associated with the works of the famous painters, sculptors, musicians, philosophers, and scientists, but not of those in the military. Yet the success in a military domain in both peacetime and in war is hardly...
Second Fronts: Factors in Success and Failure and Implications for the Future
Some argue that the best way to confront an enemy is to face him head on. At times, however, a belligerent realizes that he cannot strike the enemy directly because he is not strong enough, it involves unacceptable risks, or he believes greater gains...
The New Operational Paradigm: Operation Odyssey Dawn and the Maritime Operations Center
Operation Odyssey Dawn (OOD) was the U.S. response to United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Resolution 1973, which called for the establishment of a no-fly zone over Libya and the protection of Libyan civilians from the rampaging security forces of...
The Way Ahead for Human Terrain Teams
General Raymond T. Odierno, Chief of Staff of the Army, learned from his three combat tours in Iraq that the U.S. military needs to better understand local populations and their social, political, and cultural attributes. He concluded that the more...
Thucydides, Benghazi, and Honor
In his February 20 speech at the University of Virginia, Secretary of State John Kerry made the case for diplomacy as an instrument of national policy. Generations of thinkers have recognized that neither our country's diplomatic weight nor its military...
Tora Bora Reconsidered: Lessons from 125 Years of Strategic Manhunts
Prior to the raid on Abbottabad, Pakistan, in May 2011, the seminal event in the 13-year hunt for Osama bin Laden was the operation to capture or kill the Saudi terrorist at Tora Bora in December 2001. Although the operation started with great anticipation...
Unpacking Cyberwar: The Sufficiency of the Law of Armed Conflict in the Cyber Domain
The term cyberwar is common in today's discussions of the national security challenges facing the United States and its allies. Understanding what law applies within the cyber domain is critical for all operational planners, whether or not they are...