Joint Force Quarterly

Articles from No. 39, October

A Goldwater-Nichols Act for the U.S. Government: Institutionalizing the Interagency Process
Our political system is too cumbersome to deal effectively with decisionmaking on the complex problems of the modern world. This problem may be irresolvable, but over the very long run, [it] could overwhelm everything else.--Robert Rubin, 1993 (1)...
Air Support of the Allied Landings in Sicily, Salerno, and Anzio
This study analyzes the operations of the Twelfth Air Force in the Mediterranean theater from 1943 to 1944, specifically in regard to the three Allied amphibious operations at Sicily, Salerno, and Anzio. These landings illustrate a wide range of tactical...
Al Qaeda as Insurgency
The National Strategy for Homeland Security designates al Qaeda as "America's most immediate and serious threat." Conventional wisdom, reflected in news media, public opinion, and government studies such as the National Strategy for Combating Terrorism,...
America's Strategic Imperative: A "Manhattan Project" for Energy
The American presence in the Middle East stretches back to the closing days of World War II, when President Franklin Roosevelt met King Saud aboard a U.S. warship in the Suez Canal. Through the ensuing 30 years, Washington sought to maintain oil access...
A Word from the Chairman
As we progress through this fourth year of sustained combat in the war on terror, I am continually aware of the enormous and varied demands this struggle places on our Armed Forces, our Nation, and our allies. The violent extremists we battle are a...
Center of Gravity and Asymmetric Conflict: Factoring in Culture
This essay addresses asymmetric conflict in its current manifestation, which has come to be called jihadism. It accepts that the concept of center of gravity is applicable to such conflict, as has been argued by many study projects at the U.S. Army...
Cross-Functional Working Groups: Changing the Way Staffs Are Organized
Over the past several years, the Army has been drastically altering the way it organizes and fights. It is transforming divisional organizations into units of employment and brigade organizations into units of action while revolutionizing the way it...
Development of the Joint Logistician
Since the war on terror began on September 11, 2001, the Armed Forces have deployed around the world, conducting operations in Afghanistan, Africa, the Balkans, Iraq, the Philippines, and South Korea. Operation Iraqi Freedom, in particular, has tested...
"Everybody Wanted Tanks": Heavy Forces in Operation Iraqi Freedom
This article reviews the performance of U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps, and British armored forces during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Although much speculation on the future of warfare tends to downplay heavy forces, this operation shows that close combat...
From the Editor
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Richard Myers, bids farewell to Joint Force Quarterly readers in his column, "A Word from the Chairman." General Myers' tour as the 15th Chairman began with 9/11. He announced his priorities clearly on...
Guantanamo Bay: Undermining the Global War on Terror
The basic proposition here is that somebody who comes into the United States of America illegally, who conducts a terrorist operation killing thousands of innocent Americans, men, women, and children, is not a lawful combatant. They don't deserve to...
Health Service Support from the Sea Base
Sea basing has been called a "critical future joint military capability for the United States" because it offers a mobile, reliable, and secure environment from which to operate when suitable fixed bases are not available, providing the joint task...
Logistics and Support
It is no secret among professional military officers and senior leaders across the spectrum of America's Federal agencies that deploying and supporting operations are among the most challenging of all the tasks required to employ any instrument of...
Strategic Communication: A Mandate for the United States
In an era when the power of information affects every human being in matters mundane and transcendent, individual and social, national and international--when images are transmitted instantaneously worldwide, radio programs are translated into hundreds...
Strategic Gaming for the National Security Community: Tuesday Was a Busy Day: North Korea Tested a Nuclear Weapon, a Biohazard Incident Shut Down 1-70 across Kansas and Colorado, and Religious Strife Threatened the Stability of the Pan Sahel Oil Region in West Africa. Wednesday Brought an Altogether Different Set of Problems
What frenzied action novel is the above scenario from? While fiction, it is not in the local bookstore; rather, it is a glimpse of the National Strategic Gaming Center (NSGC). Located within the Institute for National Strategic Studies at the National...
The Chairman's Strategic Essay Contest
National Defense University Press is pleased to announce the winners of the 24th Annual Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Strategic Essay Contest, held May 18-19, 2005, at the National Defense University (NDU) campus, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington,...
The Defense Readiness Reporting System: A New Tool for Force Management
Ten years ago, the growing U.S. involvement in Bosnia engendered discussions on how the Department of Defense (DOD) measures the ability of the Armed Forces to execute a broad range of missions. Many recognized that readiness reporting systems needed...
Tsunami! Information Sharing in the Wake of Destruction
On December 26, 2004, an earthquake of 9.0 magnitude jolted the Banda Aceh region on Indonesia's Sumatra Island. The quake generated a tsunami that exploded across the Indian Ocean at 500 miles per hour. The tidal surge brought death and destruction...