Joint Force Quarterly

Articles from No. 32, Autumn

A Time for Conversion: Chaplains and Unified Commanders
The genius of the American system is that it ensures freedom of religion for those desiring to exercise their faith as well as freedom from religion for those without interest. The commander bears a responsibility for providing servicemembers with...
A Word from the Chairman
Since 9/11, the Nation has confronted one of the most demanding challenges in its history. The Armed Forces are a key instrument of national power in winning the global war on terrorism. Although the joint team has technologically superior weapons,...
Civil-Military Operations: Joint Doctrine and the Malayan Emergency
How should the Armed Forces organize to work with civil authorities in military operations other than war (MOOTW)? The British experience during the Malayan Emergency from 1948 to 1960 was a case in which doctrine was wanting; yet the deficiency was...
Contending with a Nuclear-Armed North Korea. (JFQ Forum)
Since North Korea moved to resume plutonium production, admitted to having a uranium bomb program, and declared its right to possess nuclear weaponry, the United States has faced three issues in dealing with Pyongyang: limiting the instability that...
Corporate Disasters: Some Lessons for Transformation. (Military Transformation)
Applying the dynamic changes in corporate America is a feature of military transformation. Networked organizations, self-organizing systems, positive returns to scale, organizational agility, and sensory awareness are mentioned as characteristics of...
Crossing Boundaries: Interagency Cooperation and the Military
The expanding role of combatant commanders in the international arena necessitates greater interagency linkages. The concept of full spectrum dominance in Joint Vision 2020, especially in the context of military operations other than war (MOOTW), must...
Fighting Terrorism, Avoiding War: The Indo-Pakistani Situation. (JFQ Forum)
After languishing for five decades as a region of only marginal importance to the United States, South Asia became a major area of interest for U.S. defense planners after 9/11. The cause of this turnabout was a need for cooperation with India and...
From Revolution to Transformation: The State of the Field. (Military Transformation)
While transformation means different things to different people, there are two main schools of thought on this subject. One identifies transformation exclusively with the revolution in military affairs (RMA) and the other perceives it more broadly,...
General John Dale Ryan. (of Chiefs and Chairmen)
VITA (1915-1983) Chief of Staff, U.S. Air Force Born in Cherokee, Iowa; graduated from U.S. Military Academy (1938); attended flying school, Randolph and Kelly Air Fields (1938-39); flight instructor, Kelly Air Field (1939-42); directed training,...
Go West Young Man! Transportation Training and Readiness
The advice of Horace Greeley in the 19th century--Go west young man!--applies today to the military. The Army has been transforming from forward basing to projecting power from the continental United States. The global war on terrorism has revalidated...
Israel's Strategy for Combating Palestinian Terror
Many observers think that Israel does not have a clear and coherent strategy in confronting the Palestinians who are attempting to force their demands on Israel by violence, especially against civilians. It seems that Israel Defense Forces (IDF) are...
Learning from Transforming the Commercial Sector. (Military Transformation)
The Secretary of Defense created the Office of Force Transformation in November 2001 to prepare the Armed Forces for the uncertainties of the 21st century. This institutional step followed other indications that significant change was afoot. In the...
MAGTF Area of Operations: Turf War or Doctrinal Necessity?
If given a mission and area of operations, Marine air-ground task forces (MAGTFs) fight as a whole, by integrating ground maneuver, rotary and fixed wing aviation, and logistic support. The longstanding insistence by the Marine Corps on retaining operational...
National Interests and Mil-to-Mil Relations with Indonesia. (JFQ Forum)
The military-to-military relations pursued by the United States and Indonesia in recent years resemble a roller coaster ride. The ups and downs have reflected divergent priorities, which in turn reveal shifts in the strategic environment, international...
Operationalizing the Asia-Pacific Defense Strategy
The Quadrennial Defense Review and National Security Strategy of the United States call for transforming the Armed Forces to assure both allies and friends of our commitment to existing security arrangements, dissuade military competition, deter threats...
People's China and the Asian Future. (JFQ Forum)
The Japanese regard the 1990s as a lost decade because of the prolonged economic torpor and political lethargy that gripped their nation. Strategically, the 1990s also represent a lost decade for the United States. The end of the Cold War led to a...
Reading Logistics
Four classic works on logistics have been reprinted in recent years under the imprint of the Naval War College Press. Although they share a common theme, none deals exclusively with logistics. Moreover, they are no less relevant today than when originally...
Strategic Attack
Strategic attack is one of the most effective options for joint force commanders. Properly used, it can directly influence enemy leadership and significantly shape the joint campaign. Despite its potential, it is the least understood mission in the...
The Army and Land Warfare: Transforming the Legions. (Military Transformation)
For over a century the Army was largely a territorial force committed to homeland defense. That changed between the Spanish-American War and World War II as it became an expeditionary force and the Nation moved to reconcile isolationist tendencies...
The Global War on Terrorism: A Regional Approach to Coordination. (JFQ Forum)
According to Ecclesiastes, "Of the making of books there is no end." Much the same can be said of military organizations and the acronyms by which they are known. The Joint Interagency Coordination Group is an example. The term can claim dual parentage,...
Underpinning Saudi National Security Strategy
Though nations can't choose their location, they can determine how to deal with geographic realities. Surrounded by states with great ambitions, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is as large as the United States east of the Mississippi and has vast wealth...