Joint Force Quarterly

Articles from No. 57, April

Battlefield Renewable Energy a Key Joint Force Enabler
During joint operations or theater campaigns, any joint force commander (JFC), from joint task force to combatant commander, must deal with the enormous amount of energy the combined force needs for subsistence and operations. This situation becomes...
Bioterror in the Age of Biotechnology
The Commission believes that unless the world community acts decisively and with great urgency, it is more likely than not that a weapon of mass destruction will be used in a terrorist attack somewhere in the world by the end of 2013. [ILLUSTRATION...
Burgeoning Courses, Lagging Standardization
Since the advent of the Goldwater-Nichols Department of Defense Reorganization Act of 1986, the requirements for and approaches to joint training and education have morphed across the joint learning continuum. Goldwater-Nichols was hailed as "one of...
China's Energy Strategy: The Impact on Beijing's Maritime Policies
Edited by Gabriel B. Collins, Andrew S. Erickson, Lyle J. Goldstein, and William S. Murray Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 2008 485 pp. $47.95 ISBN: 978-1-59114-330-7 These are exciting times for China watchers. The People's Liberation...
Community Defense in Afghanistan
Since the December 2001 Bonn Agreement, which established an interim Afghan government, the United States and international community have focused on building Afghan National Army (ANA) and Afghan National Police (ANP) forces as the linchpin to security....
Confronting the Chaos: A Rogue Military Historian Returns to Afghanistan
By Sean M. Maloney Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 2009 384 pp. $34.95 ISBN: 978-159114-508-0 Sean M. Maloney is an established military historian teaching at the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario. The second of a planned three-book...
Developing a Common Understanding of Unconventional Warfare
In June 2009, the commanders of U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) and U.S. Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) adopted the following definition of unconventional warfare (UW): Unconventional Warfare consists of activities conducted...
DOD's Energy Challenge as Strategic Opportunity
Energy is the lifeblood of modern societies and a pillar of America's prowess and prosperity. Yet energy is also a major source of global instability, conflict, pollution, and risk. Many of the gravest threats to national security are intimately intertwined...
Educate to Cooperate: Leveraging the New Definition of "Joint" to Build Partnering Capacity
On January 22, 2009, in his first major address on foreign policy following his inauguration, President Barack Obama stated that "[d]ifficult days lie ahead. As we ask more of ourselves, we will seek new partnerships and ask more of our friends and...
Evolving Technological Strategy in Advanced Air Defense Systems
Since the end of the Cold War, America's conventional military might has been predicated on the ability to control the air. This style of warfare produced stunning results in Operation Desert Storm in 1991 and has been successful in subsequent military...
Executive Summary
Department of Defense (DOD) components have been explicitly directed to address and integrate stability operations-related concepts and capabilities across a panorama of doctrine, organization, training, materiel, leadership and education, personnel,...
Harnessing the Heavens: National Defense through Space
Edited by Paul G. Gillespie and Grant T. Weller Chicago: Imprint Publications, 2008 235 pp. $29.95 ISBN: 978-1-879176-45-4 This book comes at an interesting time in the history of U.S. space activity. Its publication is within 1 year of...
India and the Balance of Power in the Asia-Pacific
When Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh made an official state visit to Washington last November, he encountered a markedly different political landscape. The past year has seen a notable shift in Indo-U.S. relations from the heady days when the...
Joint Doctrine Update: Joint Chiefs of Staff J7 Joint Education and Doctrine Division
The Joint Doctrine Development Community (JDDC) will host the 45th Joint Doctrine Planning Conference (JDPC) May 12-13, 2010, in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area. This conference not only synchronizes the JDDC, but also launches some of the groundbreaking...
Military History and the Study of Operational Art
Wage war offensively, like Alexander [the Great], Hannibal, Caesar, Gustav Adolphus, Turenne, Prince Eugene and Frederick [the Great]; read and re-read the history of their campaigns; model yourself on them; it is the only way to become a Great Captain...
New from NDU Press
Published for the Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction. WMD Center Case Study 2 U.S. Withdrawal from the Antiballistic Missile Treaty Lynn F. Rusten traces the 10-month period between President George W. Bush's proclamation...
Operational Commander's Intent
The commander's intent is the key element in providing a framework for freedom to act and thereby enhance and foster initiative by subordinate commanders during the execution of their assigned missions. Yet despite its great importance, the commander's...
Post-Start, Re-Start and New Start: Defogging Russian-American Strategic Nuclear Arms Control
The accomplishment of a post-Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) I nuclear arms reduction agreement by Russia and the United States calls to mind a Chinese character that stands for both opportunity and danger. Post-START success opens the door...
Russia's Arctic Strategy Ambitions and Constraints
In recent years, the Arctic region has emerged as an issue in world affairs, and its strategic importance is growing swiftly. Both challenges and opportunities from rapidly changing climatic conditions in the region have contributed to give the Arctic...
The Accidental Strategist
I wouldn't be the person I am today, I wouldn't be where I am now, and I may not even have been here if it wasn't for the accident. --Rick Allen, drummer for Def Leppard Joint Force Quarterly has devoted a great deal of ink to strategy and strategists...
The Department of the Treasury Ensuring Prosperity and Security
ATMs with no cash. Resource-rich governments unable to pay soldiers' salaries. Debilitating unemployment and inflation. A decade ago, most U.S. military leaders were unconcerned about solving these issues. Far outside the military's core competencies,...
The Distribution of Power among the Major States in the Asia-Pacific
While measuring a state's power is an art in and of itself, it is possible to do a first-order assessment of the relative magnitude of power among a group of states. Kenneth Waltz, the doyen of structural realism, has suggested that states can be assessed...
The Iraq Experience and Domino Theory Revisited
With the passage of time and the contentiousness of the Iraq conflict fading, it should be possible to make a more objective assessment of the rationale leading to that war. The overwhelming public perception is that the Iraq War was a misguided attempt...
The Making of Peace: Rulers, States, and the Aftermath of War
Edited by Williamson Murray and Jim Lacey New York: Cambridge University Press, 2009 368 pp. $90 ISBN: 978-0-5215-1719-5 Shortly after the United States launched Operation Enduring Freedom to change the Taliban regime in Kabul in response...
Turning Fallujah
Fallujah has taken on tremendous significance because of what happened there from April to December of 2004. It has become one of the touchstone battles of the Marine Corps involvement in Operation Iraqi Freedom because of the intensity of the fighting...
Understanding OPCON
Joint force commanders (JFCs) have routinely exercised authority to reorganize and break apart attached forces under the guise of operational control (OPCON). This exercise has become common practice because of misinterpretations of joint doctrine....
Unintended Strategic Consequences of Security Assistance in the South Caucasus
While Georgia may be more prosperous than it was before the Rose Revolution of 2003, it is no stronger or more democratic. Georgia was never really the "beacon of liberty" that President George W. Bush called it in 2005. (2) In fact, even though the...
Unmanned Aircraft Systems the Moral and Legal Case
The substantial increase in the employment of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and other arenas has intensified the debate about the moral and legal nature of the targeted killing of people who are said to be civilians. As...