Joint Force Quarterly

Articles from No. 67, October

A Focus on Costs, Not Benefits, Dampens Koreans' Desire for Reunification
While reunification remains South Koreans' preferred method of ending the peninsula's long division, Korean youth increasingly are contemplating alternatives such as permanent separation. Many consider North Korea another foreign country, albeit one...
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Any Sensor, Any Shooter: Toward an Aegis BMD Global Enterprise
The Aegis ballistic missile T defense (BMD) system aboard the USS Ticonderoga (CG-47) guided-missile cruisers and Arleigh Burke (DDG-51) guided-missile destroyers has become a primary high-end enabler for U.S., allied, and partner maritime forces as...
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Bridging the Gap from Coordination to Integration
Legacy AC2 [airspace command and control] elements buy airspace today for tomorrow's war. Airspace control measures (ACM) such as Restricted Operating Zones ... do not integrate airspace users ... ACMs deconflict users via exclusive volumes of airspace....
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Building Tomorrow's Leaders
Military service is our nation's preeminent leadership experience. We need to keep it that way, and I need your help to do it. Doing so requires us to promote and emphasize the values that define our profession of arms. It includes leveraging technology,...
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Covert Action: Title 10, Title 50, and the Chain of Command
Recent media reports have Pentagon officials considering "putting elite special operations troops under CIA [Central Intelligence Agency] control in Afghanistan after 2014, just as they were during last year's raid on [Osama bin Laden's] compound."...
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Delivering Air Sea Battle
Reminiscent of the capabilities in a Tom Clancy novel, the Services have teamed together to deliver a new concept of operations called Air Sea Battle (ASB). Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jonathan Greenert and Chief of Staff of the Air Force General...
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Executive Summary
As we go further into the time when finding ways to continue to meet mission with diminished resources, some have suggested that we consider the words of Nobel prize-winning chemist Sir Ernest Rutherford: "Gentlemen, we have run out of money, it is...
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Gangs, Pseudo-Militaries, and Other Modern Mercenaries: New Dynamics in Uncomfortable Wars
By Max G. Manwaring University of Oklahoma Press, 2010 256 pp. $45.00 ISBN: 978-0-8061-4146-6 Famed counterinsurgency analyst Max G. Manwaring extends his research into the subject of "uncomfortable wars" in his newest book, Gangs, Pseudo-Militaries,...
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Going Farther by Going Together: Building Partner Capacity in Africa
Building partner capacity is an essential military mission and an important component of the U.S. Government's approach to preventing and responding to crisis, conflict, and instability. Demanding fiscal realities, the end of the Iraq War, the unfolding...
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Improving U.S. Posture in the Arctic
The United States became an Arctic nation when it purchased Alaska from Russia in 1867. Since then, the U.S. military has had a presence in this vast territory. Indeed, both the U.S. Army and Navy were responsible for administration of the territory...
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Manage or Educate: Fulfilling the Purpose of Joint Professional Military Education
Any educational program that loses sight of its purpose will likely fail to achieve that purpose. This might seem obvious and easy to avoid, but it is exactly how we are falling short in fulfilling the purpose of joint professional military education...
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No One at the Controls Legal Implications of Fully Autonomous Targeting
Robots and unmanned systems have proven incredibly valuable on the battlefield during the war on terror and are likely to play a larger and more sophisticated role for militaries in the future. From 2000-2010, the number of U.S. unmanned aerial vehicles...
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PME and Online Education in the Air Force: Raising the Game
The U.S. House of Representative's 2010 assessment of professional military education (PME)--Another Crossroads? Professional Military Education Two Decades After the Goldwater-Nichols Act and the Skelton Panel--was clearly intended to present a comprehensive...
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Readiness and Resiliency Go Hand in Hand
Meshed and intertwined into a Servicemember's behavior and in the daily rhythm of a command, resiliency is a needed ingredient to maintain individual and unit readiness. A command will have a natural dive an peak pattern during its life cycle, so...
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Responsive Close Air Support
In May 2011, International Security IAssistance Force Commander General David Petraeus said the responsiveness of close air support (CAS) in Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) went from "great to exceptional" in the previous year. He further stated,...
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Security Force Assistance in a Time of Austerity
The Nation's debt and the nearly inevitable decline in the U.S. defense budget have unleashed a debate on exactly what military capabilities and missions require reduction or elimination. To date, the public dialogue has centered largely on cuts to...
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Space and the Joint Fight
The world first saw the power of space to transform warfare in the 1991 Gulf War. In the years since, the U.S. military has come to depend heavily on space throughout its peacetime and combat operations. Satellites acquired by the Department of Defense...
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Stuxnet, Schmitt Analysis, and the Cyber "Use-of-Force" Debate
One of the many seemingly intractable legal issues surrounding cyberspace involves whether and when peacetime cyber operations constitute a prohibited use of force under Article 2(4) of the United Nations (UN) Charter. Notwithstanding a significant...
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The Falkland Islands Campaign of 1982 and British Joint Forces Operations
The year 2012 marks the 30th T anniversary of the 1982 British joint forces operations to recover the Falklands Islands in the South Atlantic Ocean from their Argentinean occupiers. Beginning as principally limited single-service operations by British...
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The Insurgency in Chechnya and the North Caucasus: From Gazavat to Jihad
By Robert W. Schaefer Praeger Security International, 2010 303 pp. $59.95 ISBN: 978-0-313-38634-3 Winston Churchill famously remarked that Russia is "a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma." That would make Chechnya, by virtue...
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The NDU Foundation Congratulates the Winners of the 2012 Writing Competitions
Secretary of Defense National Security Essay Competition In 2012, the 6th annual competition was intended to stimulate new approaches to coordinated civilian and military action from a broad spectrum of civilian and military students. Essays were...
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The Regional Special Operations Headquarters Franchising the NATO Model as a Hedge in Lean Times
For better and worse, 2011 was a banner year for U.S. domestic and foreign policy in the fight against violent extremists. The United States saw the end of Osama bin Laden and North Korean's Kim Jong-il. Spring came to flower in parts of the Middle...
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The Role of Multinational Joint Doctrine
The nature of the challenges to the United States and its interests demand that the Armed Forces operate as a joint team, closely integrated with inter-organizational and multinational partners across the range of military operations. --Joint Publication...
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Victory at Risk: Restoring America's Military Power: A New War Plan for the Pentagon
By Michael W. Davidson Zenith Press, 2009 256 pp. $25.00 ISBN: 978-0-7603-3557-4 In his first book, Michael Davidson, a retired Army National Guard major general, has issued a clarion call for the U.S. military to fundamentally change course...
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