Joint Force Quarterly

Articles from Autumn

1999-2000 JFQ Essay Contest on Military Innovation
Military innovation is the razor's edge of strategic competition, in times of danger, states will turn to the innovators, seeking new ways to extend the reach of national power. The acme of inventive skill is laying the groundwork for strategic advantage...
Airpower in the Pacific: A Case Study in Innovation
Being ready for future wars depends on understanding two aspects of innovation. One is common and often considered: the impact of changes in doctrine, organization, and technology on innovation during peacetime. Equally important, however, is an awareness...
A Word from the Chairman
Despite the unparalleled strength of the Armed Forces, we should not become complacent. Maintaining the status quo will not serve national interests. The evolving security environment of today, replete with new challenges and new opportunities, demands...
Battling Storms: Interagency Response to Hurricane Mitch
One objective of the United States in the Western Hemisphere is minimizing the human cost of conflicts and natural disasters. This requires a capability for emergency response assessment to provide relief with the attendant objective, according to...
Changing the Guard in Latin America. (off the Shelf)
Over the past half century the United States has viewed Latin American militaries mainly in relation to its own national agenda and values. The emphasis must now change to a nonideological study of professional military institutions in transition....
Effective Engagement: The Case of Ecuador
The United States recognized the opportunity to reduce its military presence in Europe and Latin America after the Cold War. A peacetime strategy was needed to promote stability, economic progress, and democratic institutions. In Europe, the Partnership...
Force Multiplier. (Doctrine)
Joint Publication 2-0, Doctrine for Intelligence Support to Joint Operations, provides an overview of intelligence support for joint operations. Unlike an earlier version that appeared in 1995, designed as a stand-alone volume, the new pub relegates...
General Joseph Lawton Collins (1896-1987) Chief of Staff, U.S. Army. (of Chiefs and Chairmen)
VITA Born in New Orleans, Louisiana; graduated from Military Academy (1917); infantry school of arms and regimental service (1917-19); commanded 3a Battalion, 22a Infantry, in France (1919); assistant chief of staff, American Forces, Germany (1920-21);...
Human Rights and Military Conduct: A Progress Report
Increased awareness of human rights over the last thirty years has led to new standards for state actors in peace and war. Human rights concerns have been particularly salient in the Western Hemisphere, where military dictatorships overthrew civilian...
Interdependent Maneuver for the 21st Century
Virtually all intelligence and operational estimates suggest that war in the 21st century will require interdependence among land, sea, and aerospace systems. The services report that precision weapons will so expand the range and capabilities of systems...
Letters ... (from the Field and Fleet)
To the Editor--In his article, "Nuclear Proliferation on the Indian Subcontinent," Kenneth Totty (JFQ, Spring 00) offers some insightful comments. But sadly he perpetuates a myth promulgated by supporters of Pakistan in claiming that: "Islamabad favors...
Mexico's Search for a New Military Identity
The election of Vicente Fox Quesada as president of Mexico has dramatically changed the political reality of his country and the region. Before the election of 2000, Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI) was in effect the Mexican political system...
Nanotechnology in a New Era of Strategic Competition
New technologies on the battlefield can alter the course of history and precipitate the rise or fall of nations. The advent of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) coincides with what some regard as a revolution in military affairs (RMA), an onset...
Organizing British Joint Rapid Reaction Forces
Britain sent the spearhead battalion of its joint rapid reaction force (JRRF) to Sierra Leone in May 2000. The unit took control of the airport at Lungi and began restoring order to the capital of Freetown, a preliminary to evacuating Britons and foreign...
Rethinking Army-Marine Corps Roles in Power Projection
The capabilities needed for land forces have grown. Only ten Army and three Marine Corps divisions span the globe to deal with various small contingencies while they prepare to fight major theater wars (MTWs). But how should these over-stretched forces...
Space Warfare Meets Information Warfare
Operation Desert Storm has been proclaimed as the first space war. Because the ability of the United States to operate in space was not challenged, there was no battle for space superiority. However there was a contest for information superiority....
The Coast Guard and Maritime Security
The mission of the Coast Guard includes safeguarding the maritime interests of the Nation: the exclusive economic zone, areas adjacent to the continental shelf, and other waters of importance collectively known as deepwater operating areas. By deploying...
The Legislative Role in Argentine Defense Reform
Before democracy was reestablished in Argentina in 1983, its defense issues were always the province of the armed forces. The loss of the Malvinas (Falkland) Islands in a brief but violent conflict with Britain, the negative experience of an autocratic...
The Paradox Joint Culture. (out of Joint)
Since the passage of the Goldwater Nichols Act in 1986, critics have raised the dangers of forming too close a bond among the services. Their fear is that doing so will subvert institutional traditions and culture, thereby stifling important but diverse...
The Security of the Americas
Throughout most of its history the United States has conducted relations with Latin America based on an exclusive issue: first, checking the influence of European powers, then combating Communist threats, and today stemming the flow of drugs. The articles...
Transformation Trinity: Vision, Culture, Assessment
While there is no single model for transformation, certain trends warrant attention. History offers important lessons on the elements of innovation. Peacetime transformation depends on three factors: a coherent and congruent vision, a culture to convert...
U.S. Strategic Interests in Caribbean Security
The Caribbean is strategically important to the United States although it enjoys a low priority in the overall context of Latin American policy. That situation is unlikely to change barring some dramatic event. Continued disinterest will result in...