Joint Force Quarterly

Articles from No. 38, July

A Deployable Joint Headquarters for the NATO Response Force
At the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit held in Prague in November 2002, the central topic was how to deal with threats from international terrorism, hostile regimes, and rogue states. Recognizing the need for a military force capable...
A Word from the Chairman
We must hold our minds alert and receptive to the application of unglimpsed methods and weapons. The next war will be won in the future, not in the past. We must go on, or we will go under.--General Douglas MacArthur, USA, 1931 Many in the military...
Beyond Goldwater-Nichols: New Proposals for Defense Reform
On March 18, 2004, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) released Beyond Goldwater-Nichols: Defense Reform for a New Strategic Era: Phase 1 Report. This event culminated almost 2 years of effort at CSIS, which began by developing...
Chinese and American Network Warfare
China published a fourth version of its white paper on national defense in December 2002. (1) The document received positive comments from U.S. analysts for its greater sophistication than previous versions and mild criticism for its continued lack...
Defining Integrated Operations
If language is not correct, then what is said is not meant; if what is said is not what is meant, then what must be done remains undone; if this remains undone, morals and art will deteriorate; if justice goes astray, the people will stand about in...
Expeditionary Airborne Battlespace Command and Control
The value of information exists in time since information most often describes fleeting conditions. Most information grows stale with time, valuable one moment but irrelevant or even misleading the next.--Marine Corps Doctrine Publication 6 Throughout...
Expert Knowledge in a Joint Task Force Headquarters
The joint force, because of its flexibility and responsiveness, will remain the key to operational success in the future. The integration of core competencies provided by the individual services is essential to the joint team.... To build the most...
From the Editor
At Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC, I recently met a remarkable Army Soldier. A young troop sitting near me noticed my Air Force uniform and wings. He asked, "Sir, what kind of pilot are you?" At the Officer's Club, I might have said,...
Getting Transformation Right
Today, as never before, the military establishment is committed to dynamic and revolutionary change to produce new forms of warfare and new warfighting capabilities. Transformation offers an exciting vision of future war with fewer casualties, quicker...
How Joint Are We and Can We Be Better?
The U.S. military does not have a system in place to institutionalize, direct, or even require regular joint tactical training. When I discuss this deficiency with senior military officers and civilian analysts, they point to the Goldwater-Nichols...
Joint Operations in the Southwest Pacific, 1943-1945
In the last strategically significant amphibious landing in the Southwest Pacific Area (SWPA) during World War II, the Armed Forces landed 175,000 men--organized into I and XIV Corps--on a 20-mile stretch of beach on the Philippine island of Luzon....
Joint Professionals: Here Today, Here to Stay
The Goldwater-Nichols Department of Defense Reorganization Act of 1986 revamped joint officer management policies to improve the quality of officers serving on joint staffs, the advice given to the Secretary of Defense, and the effectiveness of military...
The Military Utility of Understanding Adversary Culture
And when people are entering upon a war they do things the wrong way around. Action comes first, and it is only when they have already suffered that they begin to think.--Thucydides, The Peloponnesian War Cultural knowledge and warfare are inextricably...
Transformation during War
America and its allies face a threat as great as any in the Nation's history. The danger posed by extremists, particularly terrorists armed with weapons of mass effects, spans borders and threatens the stability and economic prosperity of free states...
Transformation in Concept and Policy
The subject of military transformation has expanded to the point that it transcends focused discussion. From a cult phenomenon among military historians, government officials, and policy analysts in the 1980s and 1990s, the concept has morphed into...
Transforming Military Diplomacy
Since the collapse of the Soviet Union and concurrent with the war on terror, military attaches have been fully involved in a wide range of defense-related activities supporting national policymakers and combatant commanders. The political map has...
Transforming the "Retention Sector"
The U.S. Armed Forces will likely face a retention problem in 2005. Not only will this impede America's ability to execute foreign policy, but also the Pentagon will require massive budget outlays to recruit and train replacements at a time when some...