Joint Force Quarterly

Articles from No. 49, April

A Deeper Shade of Blue: The School of Advanced Air and Space Studies
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Although Alfred Hurley and others have extolled the virtues of "serving two professions," (1) military education is, by and large, an oxymoronic expression. The reasons are manifold, but the essence has to do with loyalty...
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Aerial Partners in Arms
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] One of the most remarkable aspects of American joint force capability is the close harmony that has steadily evolved since Operation Desert Storm in the integrated conduct of aerial strike operations by the U.S. Air Force...
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Air and Space Power: Going Forward
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Airpower was brought forth from its infancy by forward thinkers who envisioned roles for it that previously had not existed. Today, conversely, prospective roles for air and space power seem if anything to be limited by our...
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America's Air Force: The Nation's Guardian
[ILLUSTRATIONS OMITTED] Nations nearly always go into an armed contest with the equipment and methods of a former war. Victory always comes to that country which has made a proper estimate of the equipment and methods that can be used in modern...
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Army Unmanned Aircraft Systems: Decisive in Battle
Throughout the last 6 years of the war on terror, which has seen U.S. Army units deploy two and three times for year-long (or more) combat operations, the joint community has been unable to provide the coverage of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) required...
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A Strategy Based on Faith: The Enduring Appeal of Progressive American Airpower
[ILLUSTRATIONS OMITTED] Following the F-16 bombing raid in June 2006 that killed terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, President George W. Bush told reporters: "Zarqawi is dead, but the difficult and necessary mission in Iraq continues. We can expect...
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Data Transparency: Empowering Decisionmakers
Today's U.S. Air Force operates in a world of diverse threats marked by the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, unconventional warfare, enemy countermeasures, and cyberattacks moving at the speed of light. We have taken many small steps over...
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Developing Joint Counterinsurgency Doctrine: An Airman's Perspective
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Anybody who thinks that you can win these kinds of things in one dimension is not being honest. --General Peter Schoomaker, USA (1) How does the U.S. military plan to win in Iraq? According to some, "The Book" on Iraq...
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Developing National Security Professionals
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] During academic year 2007-2008, the National Defense University (NDU) initiated a new education program for national security professionals (NSPs). This program will educate an interagency cadre of professionals capable of...
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Domain Expertise and Command and Control
There was a time when brilliant men could hope to possess a depth of knowledge across the arts and sciences sufficient to act wisely in any number of realms. History celebrates these Renaissance Men as exemplars fit for any task. But these men are...
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Executive Summary
Rather than pitting one variant of air power against the other ... Enduring Freedom convincingly demonstrated that such 20th-century interservice rivalries have no place in the 21st-century U.S. warfighting establishment. The operation was remarkable...
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Hizballah Rising: Iran's Proxy Warriors
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] While al Qaeda has claimed the world headlines in recent years, Hizballah has established itself in a class of its own--what some terrorism experts call "the best in the business." (1) In 2006, Hizballah infiltrated Israel,...
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Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps: An Open Source Analysis
In The National Security Strategy of the United States of America, President George W. Bush singled out the Islamic Republic of Iran as perhaps the greatest challenge facing the United States today. (1) Iran is specifically identified as a direct obstacle...
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Joint Doctrine Update: Joint Chiefs of Staff J7 Joint Education and Doctrine Division
The joint doctrine development community (JDDC) yielded 20 joint publications (JPs) in calendar year (CY) 2007. The JDDC also voted on and approved the CY 2008 campaign plan during the 40th Joint Doctrine Planning Conference. The plan calls for the...
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Managing Mayhem: The Future of Interagency Reform
[ILLUSTRATIONS OMITTED] The U.S. Government can draw on the talents of more than two million civilian employees. Five out of six work out of sight of the Capitol. These employees are joined by almost three million in uniform around the world and...
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Military Culture and Transformation
Innovation is a complex process that is neither linear nor always apparent. The interactions among intellectual, institutional, and political-economic forces are intricate and obscure. The historical and strategic context within which militaries transform...
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MV-22B Osprey: A Strategic Leap Forward
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In early October 2007, the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp steamed through the Gulf of Aqaba, turned into the wind, and made final preparations for flight operations. The Wasp's mission was to launch a squadron of Marine...
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National Security and Global Climate Change
The uncertainty, confusion, and speculation about the causes, effects, and implications of global climate change (GCC) often paralyze serious discussion by polarizing decisionmakers and the public into camps of "believers" and "skeptics." The intention...
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On Airpower, Land Power, and Counterinsurgency: Getting Doctrine Right
[ILLUSTRATIONS OMITTED] Since 2001, the U.S. military has been going through a painful process of relearning the art of counterinsurgency. Fighting nonstate forces, be they insurgents, terrorists, or criminals, is a fundamentally different type...
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Reappraising FDR's Approach to World War II in Europe
A survey of Franklin D. Roosevelt's strategic thinking prior to American entry into World War II reveals that the traditional historical narratives present a false dichotomy. Typically, FDR is portrayed either as an isolationist and reluctant belligerent...
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Rebuilding Global Airpower
American defense strategy is unbalanced, incoherent, underfunded, and not focused on next-generation deterrence and warfighting missions. Moreover, it is distorted by the monthly drain of 10 billion dollars' worth of U.S. defense modernization funding...
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Shaping the Joint Fight in Air, Space, and Cyberspace
The game is unified action up and down the floor. --Jack Ramsay (1) September 18, 1947, marked the birthday of the U.S. Air Force as a separate Service. Less than a month later, Captain Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier, and since then America's...
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Sourcing Perception Warriors
In this battlefield, popular perceptions and rumor are more influential than facts and more powerful than a hundred tanks. --David Kilcullen (1) In a counterinsurgency fight, shaping the perception of host nation populations is essential to stripping...
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Spacepower in the 21st Century
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] It is appropriate that during the 50th anniversary year of the dawn of spacepower, the National Defense University completed its 18-month study investigating the phenomenon of spacepower and laying the foundations for an empirical...
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Strategic Air Mobility and Global Power Projection
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] As we search for context and insight both in the past and in today's national security environment, it becomes clear that strategic air mobility has grown increasingly important to the deployment, employment, and sustainment...
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The Challenge That Is USAFRICOM
[ILLUSTRATIONS OMITTED] On February 6, 2007, President George W. Bush announced the creation of a new unified military command for the African continent with its own headquarters and staff. The U.S. Africa Command (USAFRICOM) emphasizes Africa's...
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The Joint Stars Challenge
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The Ground Moving Target Indicator radar technology found in the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (Joint STARS) has provided the United States with unprecedented new capabilities and a major challenge. Thanks...
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The Next Horizon: Building a Viable Force
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] This article is intended to stimulate discussion and provide ideas for building a viable U.S. military--one that can be refocused, reconstituted, and recapitalized while remaining operationally engaged without exhausting people...
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Unmanned Aircraft Systems: Taking Strategy to Task
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] As recently as 10 years ago, few would have predicted the speed and impact with which unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) would burst onto the national scene and become invaluable contributors in both combat and noncombat operations...
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