Joint Force Quarterly

Articles from No. 37, April

ABCA: A Petri Dish for Multinational Interoperability
Creating multinational interoperable armies is the cutting edge of force projection in the 21st century. Like many "new" things, however, interoperability is a concept that has been around a long time. In fact, the U.S. Army's most dependable allies...
Airpower and Psychological Denial
Qusay Hussein ordered three Republican Guard divisions to maneuver into position to oppose the U.S. advance to Baghdad. But the divisions were essentially destroyed by airstrikes when they were still about 30 miles south of the capital. This affected...
Airpower in Small Wars: Fighting Insurgents and Terrorists
Airpower in Small Wars: Fighting Insurgents and Terrorists by James S. Corum and Wray R. Johnson Lawrence, Kansas: University of Kansas Press, 2003 507 pp., $24.95 [ISBN 0-7006-1240-8] With the Cold War now a perilously distant memory, more contemporary...
A Word from the Chairman
As we struggle against international terrorists, we have learned that the very freedoms that define America also create vulnerabilities. Terrorists attempt to exploit these vulnerabilities to force us to abandon the hard-won freedoms we enjoy and destroy...
Battle Damage Assessment: The Ground Truth
Since the dawn of organized combat, assessing the effects of actions against enemies has played a key role in the prosecution and outcome of battles, campaigns, and ultimately wars. Early assessments were simple because battles were confined in space...
Battlespace Management in Integrated Operations
President George W. Bush defined the modern battlefield in his January 20, 2005, inaugural address: We are led, by events and common sense, to one conclusion: The survival of liberty in our land increasingly depends on the success of liberty in...
Communique
This issue of Joint Force Quarterly brings to the forefront two important new terms: battlespace management and integrated operations. General Richard B. Myers, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, discusses these terms and other new ideas in his...
Force Protection: Lessons from Iraq
Referring to the war on terror, President George W. Bush has stated, "America is taking the offensive--denying terrorists refuge; identifying, blocking, and seizing their finances; and holding terrorists and their sponsors to account." (1) Operations...
In Defense of Service Component Commands
The Army is engaged in transformation because it recognizes the need to reorganize to meet new and emerging threats and to equip soldiers with the best technology. Strategic and operational battle planners make the final plan clear and executable down...
Joint Interagency Cooperation: The First Step
Shadowy networks of individuals can bring great chaos and suffering to our shores.... To defeat this threat we must use every tool in our arsenal. --The National Security Strategy of the United States of America (September 2002) On September...
Paralyzed or Pulverized? the Fall of the Republican Guard
Television viewers around the world witnessed the symbolic end of Saddam Hussein's regime on April 9, 2003, as U.S. Marines helped Iraqi citizens destroy a statue of the dictator in Baghdad. Coming 3 weeks after the onset of Operation Iraqi Freedom,...
Psychological Operations and Counterterrorism
According to Chinese strategist Sun Tzu, whose The Art of War continues to inform political-military strategy after 2,000 years, "What is of supreme importance in war is to attack the enemy's strategy.... Next best is to disrupt his alliances.... The...
The Commander's Emergency Response Program
With the rapid and synchronized operations to reach Baghdad and Kabul now history, U.S. joint task forces in Iraq and Afghanistan are in what John Keegan calls "the small change of soldiering." (1) The metaphor is apt. For some commanders, such unorthodox...
The Economics of Mobilization in the Information Age
Mobilization--the marshalling of re sources for defense--is a multifaceted and multidimensional process dealing with military, political, diplomatic, social, and financial components of national power. This essay focuses on the economic aspect of mobilization:...
The Industrial College of the Armed Forces @ 80
During the past year, we celebrated the 80th anniversary of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces (ICAF). The college provides competitively selected students an education that reflects the unique demands of the post-Cold War international security...
The Origins of Joint Professional Military Education
The Industrial College of the Armed Forces (ICAF) was established 80 years ago in response to a deficiency in the U.S. security environment. It was a shared shortcoming affecting both the War and the Navy Departments. Recognizing this joint problem,...
Transformation and the United Kingdom
The last decade has witnessed an academic and professional debate about the revolution in military affairs with a corresponding burst of doctrinal activity. A central theme is how an organization like the armed forces should undertake and manage change....
U.S. European Command and Transformation
The United States is at war, but not the type of war we have trained, equipped, and planned for. Since it is not war in the traditional sense, it requires changes in the way we fight and think. It requires transformation. In the words of Secretary...
What's in a Name? the Future of the Industrial College
The Industrial College of the Armed Forces (ICAF) is fortunate to be able to build on traditions of excellence in the education of uniformed military and civilian Government executives. ICAF was founded on the recognition that the Nation could ill...